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The REMOVABLE Top is on the Run (with pics)

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by mick&cori, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. mick&cori

    mick&cori Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We put up the fence posts - no wire attached. We built the frames, attached the wire, added hinges. We then took the hinged frames and attached them to the fence posts.

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    This is a pic from underneath - after we put up top #1.

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    DH and Family Friend checking stability of top...

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    DD posing...

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    Added braces just to make it more stable...

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    Enjoying their first time out... still a little scary!!

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  2. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    mick&cori :

    We put up the fence posts - no wire attached. We built the frames, attached the wire, added hinges. We then took the hinged frames and attached them to the fence posts.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/101396_juststarting.jpg
    This is a pic from underneath - after we put up top #1.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/101396_1struntop.jpg
    DH and Family Friend checking stability of top...
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/101396_micktonyrun.jpg
    DD posing...
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/101396_runinconstwraele.jpg
    Added braces just to make it more stable...
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/101396_run1.jpg
    Enjoying their first time out... still a little scary!!
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/101396_1sttime.jpg

    Thank you so much. I like this alot. I am having predator issues here and am working alone. So this looks to me a way that I can get a roof over the Coop too. How wide is the run? and I am assuming the removable panels are like.... 4 x 8 four foot wide for standard width wire and 8 foot long for standard length wood?

    So If I cover the wire with say My usual heavy duty canvas tarp material then I can do a roof for the coop, wire for protection canvas for rain and sun. This is something I can build on an "as I can afford the materials" basis too. With the exception of a roll of wire.

    thanks so much.

    deb​
     
  3. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    looks great [​IMG] wan a build one and ship it too NY [​IMG]
     
  4. mick&cori

    mick&cori Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yeah, not so much!! [​IMG]
     
  5. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    mick&cori :

    Quote:Yeah, not so much!! [​IMG]

    i figured that much oh well it was worth a shot​
     
  6. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Excellent!!! [​IMG]
    Nice sized run too... you need more Guineas now [​IMG]
     
  7. mick&cori

    mick&cori Chillin' With My Peeps

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    perchie.girl :

    mick&cori :

    We put up the fence posts - no wire attached. We built the frames, attached the wire, added hinges. We then took the hinged frames and attached them to the fence posts.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/101396_juststarting.jpg
    This is a pic from underneath - after we put up top #1.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/101396_1struntop.jpg
    DH and Family Friend checking stability of top...
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/101396_micktonyrun.jpg
    DD posing...
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/101396_runinconstwraele.jpg
    Added braces just to make it more stable...
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/101396_run1.jpg
    Enjoying their first time out... still a little scary!!
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/101396_1sttime.jpg

    Thank you so much. I like this alot. I am having predator issues here and am working alone. So this looks to me a way that I can get a roof over the Coop too. How wide is the run? and I am assuming the removable panels are like.... 4 x 8 four foot wide for standard width wire and 8 foot long for standard length wood?

    So If I cover the wire with say My usual heavy duty canvas tarp material then I can do a roof for the coop, wire for protection canvas for rain and sun. This is something I can build on an "as I can afford the materials" basis too. With the exception of a roll of wire.

    thanks so much.

    deb​

    You don't have anyone to help you at all????? [​IMG] I wish you were closer, I would come with my handy little helpers (DH, 13 yr old DS, 11 year old DD). That really sucks.

    So, it took 2 of us to put the hinged frames up. I was thinking about it, and one person could do it IF you fold it at a 90 degree angle, tack up one side of the frame, then take the other side and tack it up. It would be so much safer to have another person with you though. We also took a 10 foot long 2"x4" and wedged it under the top to help hold it while we were getting it attached.

    The size of each frame is 5'x10'. Our run is 7'x20'. We bought regular fencing to tack on the frames. I would think that you could make one frame the size of the top of your run, and it would be flat across. My DH wanted it this way so we don't have to hunch over while we are in there.

    I think after the wire is on, then you put a canvas/tarp top over it, I think it will be very good. It would give them the ability to have some shade and protection from the rain.

    You've mentioned that you don't live there, Deb. Why not? Just curious, you're more than welcome to tell me to mind my own business. [​IMG]

    My little guys/girls are only out during the day. It is really nice to just go in there at sunset and shoo them in the little door. I put a hook on the outside of the door so I can close it after everyone is safe inside. I can also enter from the inside, of course. Their "coop" is in the corner of our barn. We currently have 3 separate coops and runs, and are in the process of building #4. My goodness, it's getting EXPENSIVE!!!

    Anyway, I hope that it gave you some ideas...​
     
  8. mick&cori

    mick&cori Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yeah, that's why we are working on building coop & run #4. [​IMG]

    I've been converted as an official guinea addict.... I can't wait to start hatching come spring!! [​IMG]
     
  9. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    mick&cori :

    You don't have anyone to help you at all????? [​IMG] I wish you were closer, I would come with my handy little helpers (DH, 13 yr old DS, 11 year old DD). That really sucks.

    So, it took 2 of us to put the hinged frames up. I was thinking about it, and one person could do it IF you fold it at a 90 degree angle, tack up one side of the frame, then take the other side and tack it up. It would be so much safer to have another person with you though. We also took a 10 foot long 2"x4" and wedged it under the top to help hold it while we were getting it attached.

    The size of each frame is 5'x10'. Our run is 7'x20'. We bought regular fencing to tack on the frames. I would think that you could make one frame the size of the top of your run, and it would be flat across. My DH wanted it this way so we don't have to hunch over while we are in there.

    I think after the wire is on, then you put a canvas/tarp top over it, I think it will be very good. It would give them the ability to have some shade and protection from the rain.

    You've mentioned that you don't live there, Deb. Why not? Just curious, you're more than welcome to tell me to mind my own business. [​IMG]

    My little guys/girls are only out during the day. It is really nice to just go in there at sunset and shoo them in the little door. I put a hook on the outside of the door so I can close it after everyone is safe inside. I can also enter from the inside, of course. Their "coop" is in the corner of our barn. We currently have 3 separate coops and runs, and are in the process of building #4. My goodness, it's getting EXPENSIVE!!!

    Anyway, I hope that it gave you some ideas...

    Sigh I dont live there.... yep. It all started after my roommate moved in. She needed a place to live and I was without income.... So after she moved in I got a job offer I couldn't refuse sixty miles away. So I packed up the dog and moved in with my Grandma. It was to be a three month contract. Good Good money so I could save up and be good for another couple of years.. The contract got extended more than once and I wound up down here longer than i lived at my own house. Grandma is now 95 and beginning to feel her age, just a little. So now I want to move home but feel obligated to hang here. There are only four of us in the family. And I dont want eldercare to be on my 21 year old son's resume. Moms no help.... sigh living in her own fantasy world. She peeks out long enough to piss me off ..... LOL. but thats a whole other story. At least I can pack her up and drag her up to the house.... when she needs it.

    With regard to the roof. this is something I can do and have been toying with conceptually I just wanted to see how someone else would apply it. Even with my mobility issues I am still rather strong and could do a section at a time breaking it down to smaller sections that are more to my capabilities. And I am with your husband about building it so you don't have to hunch over. And even if you were to make it flat it would tend to want to sag in the middle. By having shorter pieces with a peak you will avoid that "issue". And the structure will take more weight.... as in the added canvas, for mine.​
     
  10. mick&cori

    mick&cori Chillin' With My Peeps

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    perchie.girl :

    Sigh I dont live there.... yep. It all started after my roommate moved in. She needed a place to live and I was without income.... So after she moved in I got a job offer I couldn't refuse sixty miles away. So I packed up the dog and moved in with my Grandma. It was to be a three month contract. Good Good money so I could save up and be good for another couple of years.. The contract got extended more than once and I wound up down here longer than i lived at my own house. Grandma is now 95 and beginning to feel her age, just a little. So now I want to move home but feel obligated to hang here. There are only four of us in the family. And I dont want eldercare to be on my 21 year old son's resume. Moms no help.... sigh living in her own fantasy world. She peeks out long enough to piss me off ..... LOL. but thats a whole other story. At least I can pack her up and drag her up to the house.... when she needs it.

    With regard to the roof. this is something I can do and have been toying with conceptually I just wanted to see how someone else would apply it. Even with my mobility issues I am still rather strong and could do a section at a time breaking it down to smaller sections that are more to my capabilities. And I am with your husband about building it so you don't have to hunch over. And even if you were to make it flat it would tend to want to sag in the middle. By having shorter pieces with a peak you will avoid that "issue". And the structure will take more weight.... as in the added canvas, for mine.

    Ahhh... smaller pieces! DUH!!! [​IMG]

    It really is nice having the top. I asked y'all about it before we did it, even though I had already made up my mind to do it... just like getting other opinions. I have to say though, letting them out knowing that they are safe - it is such a relief. I get so stressed out about those dang birds.

    Shoot, yesterday, I bought dried mealworms for my birds. I texted my DH "the babies will be so happy that their mommy got them treats!" The little dorks just grew on me...​
     

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