No more vacillating - run construction begins (Chicken moving day!)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by greginshasta, Sep 10, 2007.

  1. greginshasta

    greginshasta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've twisted and turned for weeks now, studying BYC and going goo-gah over everyone's cool setups. But the chicks are 6 weeks now, they have outgrown 3 different containers, and it's time they start sleeping outside... Time to stop screwing around and build something...

    So here's an initial shot, and others are here

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    We have debated a number of locations in our yard where we would build this. Having moved from a city lot in the SF Bay Area, I would think that an acre would be awfully spacious. But the former owner made a lot of it lawn, and that is bordered by oodles of manzanita and flowers, and suddenly the choices became limited. I'm finding that I could really make use of another dang acre...

    Anyhow, the area we finally decided is in the front of the property, secluded from the street by trees and native shrubs, but directly adjacent to a grove of oak trees. In the fall, the volume of leaves and acorns is impressive - and there is snow in the winter. Knowing that I need to close in the top to protect the birds from predators, but not wanting to deal with annual efforts to tear the oak leaves out of a chicken wire covering over the top of the run, I decided to roof it with metal.

    The run is 12x8, just 4' less than the 100 s.f. suggested for 10 birds. If we need to expand the run, there is a fair amount of space adjacent to the run where we could add new sections.

    I also hooked up a local guy who found my craigslist solicitation to move a shed that I could purchase in the community an hour south of here. He reminded me that by the time I purchased a used shed and paid for the costs of moving it, I could easily build a shed. And he proposed a price that is very reasonable, and it looks like that's the plan.

    So, tomorrow I will try to bring the basic fence structure to a point of completion, and probably secure the top with some sheets of old plywood. Then we have to do a major lumber yard run and prepare for this weekend when the shed builder will arrive.

    More photos soon.
     
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  2. Wooden_Pony

    Wooden_Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was wondering how it was going.

    You mentioned a couple of days ago in a post that you had to get back to building!!

    Can not wait to see more photos of it!

    My poor coop is still half roofed and no wire for the run. DH went on a vacation, our couch. [​IMG]
     
  3. greginshasta

    greginshasta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, there's a lot of motivation to getting this done. We have friends coming to stay with us on the evening of the 22nd (2 weeks from now) and the guest room is currently the chicken hotel. They got's to go.

    Also, evening temperatures are starting to fall into the 40's. At 6 weeks, the chicks seem pretty well feathered and it's time they started to get used to the overnight temperatures in preparation for winter.



    Question: Does anyone have a bookmark for the coop with the poop box located under the roosts? It's the one with an outdoor access door for cleaning. Thanks.
     
  4. greginshasta

    greginshasta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    UPDATE:

    Got up early and made a lot of progress:
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    A lot of questions have been raised about tensioning wire. For poultry (chicken) wire, I still think that using a come-along and pulling tool is still the way to go. But for the hardware cloth I am using here, I came up with a nice strategy.

    If you look at the photo (I will post a close-up later) I am using some (approx) 1" fender washers to secure the fencing. I'm using a cordless screwgun to install those. To pull the slight amount of slack out of the wire, I point the screw on a slight angle so that when the head meets the wood, it tends to pull the wire in that direction - perhaps as little as 1/4 inch. But that slight movement, with the wife holding the roll and pulling most of the slack out of the wire, is enough to make a fairly tight job.

    Now this approach takes a really gentle hand. If you apply too much of an angle and place the hardware cloth under too much pressure, the wire will tear. That's not a big deal because the fender washer covers a few squares and therefore holds the wire regardless of tearing the side of one 1/2" square. Make sense?
     
  5. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dang, that's really nice!!!! You should see the poor little coops that I made!!!

    Do you want to come and stay with me for a while????

    Lori
     
  6. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Looking good, Greg!

    I like your idea of using the washers with the hardware cloth also.

    Dawn
     
  7. greginshasta

    greginshasta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Born in Los Angeles (Burbank actually) and raised in Granada Hills, I moved to the SF Bay Area in 1971. 2 1/2 years ago I moved north to Mount Shasta. The next move (if ever) will either be even further north, or outta here altogether.

    It would take a spectacular offer, one I am not certain you would want to afford, to get me to come to Bakersfield.

    Sorry - don't think I can help ya! [​IMG]
     
  8. greginshasta

    greginshasta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Man, I'm hammered. I really pressed this for the past few days and it's done - at least for the current phase. We will begin building the coop soon, and as soon as that is done and the run is pulled adjacent to it - I'll build a roof and tie it into the coop structure.

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    For the rest of the construction photos, including the temporary wheels we used to move the run from the driveway to the other side of the property click here .

    We have stacked salvaged lumber around the edges until we can pick up some additional hardware cloth which will be applied to the border. Also plan to install some old plywood sheets up top until we have the roof on, as mentioned above.

    Enjoy!
     
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