Lookie what I did today!

micstrachan

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First, please know my carpentry skills are terrible and I’m doing this work myself (with the exception of the coop, which you can see is a modified play structure and a carpenter added walls and a roof. Don’t worry; that top story without ventilation I use as a shed for my tools and chicken supplies.:))

So for those of you with beautiful built-from-scratch set-ups, no judgement allowed. :)

Anyway, when I first started keeping chickens 2 1/2 years ago, I didn’t know any better and built the run out of chicken wire. Over the past several weeks, I recovered all the walls and the ceiling with 1/2 inch hardware cloth (by myself!)

I’m in California, so the weather is mild and I really don’t need a covered run. However, I do like to cover it in the heat of summer and when rainy season comes. When I had chicken wire, the tarp and wire would sag under the weight of the water. Now that the run is recovered and rainy season will (hopefully) come soon, I did a new tarp with a taut line so it is pitched. I still need to pick up some more eye bolts and carabiners so it stays a little tighter, but here’s how it looks right now. It makes it super dark underneath, but since the sun is low, the sunlight comes in sideways, so I think they will still get sunshine in the morning.

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Aunt Angus

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Well done! I am also carpentry challenged, so I feel your pain and share your fear of judgment! I love what you've done - I love your whole setup, really.

If you find that it is too dark, I am certain you will make adjustments. You are clearly very resourceful! :)
 

micstrachan

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Well done! I am also carpentry challenged, so I feel your pain and share your fear of judgment! I love what you've done - I love your whole setup, really.

If you find that it is too dark, I am certain you will make adjustments. You are clearly very resourceful! :)

Awww... THANKS!
 

micstrachan

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Heck yes! I am in Cali - the Central Valley. No snow for us, but - oh - the heat! I am TIRED of 80s and 90s. Bring on the sweater, scarf, and boot weather, please! And the rain! Make no mistake - I KNOW how fortunate we are!
It must still be pretty warm there! I was in capris and a halter top until close to sunset. Crazy! My daughter was at the beach in a bikini last night!
 

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