Tin Shelter Building Steps for Peafowl

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by MinxFox, Feb 10, 2015.

  1. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    I really want AugeredIn's Imperator pair, but I am not sure he can hold onto the pair for me. I have the fencing up for the 60ft by 21 ft aviary, but for the greens I would really need a tin shelter. I am not so confident that my Dad's friend who said he could help will have time, or remember to help, etc etc... Not having just this shelter built has already ruined a lot of oportunities for me.

    Can anyone tell me how to build a tin shelter with 2 roosts? I need to know what kind of wood to buy, maybe specific places you would get it from over other places such as Lowe's vs. Home Depot, etc. I can use a hammer, I have a new post hole digger, I can probably get enough help, but it is just the building plans I desperately need. So if you have any good step by step instructions, that would be great.

    The tin shelter would have a slanted roof, and it will be hopefully around 15ft tall or so. If anyone can help that would be great. I really need this ASAP.

    I could just look at the current shelter I have and figure out how it was built, but I really feel like I had better know how to build it for sure.
     
  2. KsKingBee

    KsKingBee Overrun With Chickens

    Go to Lowes, and look at their livestock loafing sheds. They come in kit form and they will also give you plans on how to put it together.
     
  3. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh my gosh there is such a thing!? I really hope one of the Lowes around here has that!!!

    I called the local Lowes and the guy didn't seem to know about a kit you can buy to build a shed. He did say they have several already made shed models outside in the parking lot and told me the sizes. I was wanting a 9x12 shelter and they have an 8x10 which is close enough. He didn't tell me the height. I will have to stop by Lowe's maybe tomorrow and check out what they have.

    Thanks a lot if I could get a kit or a pre-made shelter that would definitely help. I still need to learn how to make my own shelters but I will save that for some other time.

    If anyone else has any ideas I will take those too. I haven't seen the sheds at Lowe's in person yet and I am not sure if the price is good or not so I might not have a solution just yet.
     
  4. I'll give you some ideas when I get somewhere to type on the computer.
     
  5. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    Okay sounds great! [​IMG]
     
  6. You have three options for a pen. I have used all three of these options by the way.

    The first option is you go to Tractor supply and by the carport in a box or the garage in a box. The garage in a box has fabric top, sides and back and you just need to build a simple door at the front with some welded wire fill in. No light gets in the side of the pen. Pretty dark in there. The carport in a box has a fabric top but you will need to by 2x4 wire to attach to the posts to keep the birds in. You also still need to build a door in the front. Make sure you put poultry fabric or some other smaller fabric on the lower half of the walls. Coons reach through 2x4 to easily. Either of these options will cost $399 for the box alone.

    Second option is to go by one of the many aluminum covered carports for sale all over the place for $595 to $695 for the 18x21 size. These things are GREAT. Easy to attach wire to the sides. Build a door at one end in short order. I LOVE these things for grow out pens. In the future you can open one end back up to a larger run area open to the air and use netting on that portion. Can't stress how handy these things are. Problem is you can't wait for delivery. You need to find someone willing to bring it and set it up NOW. They deliver and set up. You watch.

    Last option is build a simple 10'x30' pen with (8)4x4, (2)2x6x10, (34)2x4x10, (10)10'x36"5R tin sheets and about 60 feet of 2x4 welded wire with a 25'x25' netting on top.

    I think I may have the single male sold. If you want the pair bad enough and you are willing to drive over and look at them this weekend and commit/pay. I will move the aggressive bird out of that pen and they can stay in there until you can get your pen up as long as that will be a reasonable time frame. I'll keep them fed and watered but make no guarantees beyond that. They will breed a little later than the other birds so they probably will not start to lay until the first of april.
     
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  7. Trefoil

    Trefoil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love the carport idea, I think someone on here has used one to make multiple pens. This time of year it shouldn't be too hard to get one asap. I'm from Michigan and our predators are probably different than yours, but if it was me, I would use hardware cloth around the perimeter of the shed and run as well as on the bottom several feet, it keeps just about everything out and is much stronger and longer lasting than chicken wire.
     
  8. We lay a 24" wide strip of hardware cloth around all the sides of our pens at 4" under the dirt. Above I was talking about around the vertical sides of the pen but you could use hardware cloth there as well it just costs more if you are making it temporary. We have gone to using 1"x1" on the lower 36" of our pens sides. I should take some pictures later in the week.

    Those aluminum carports are really great. I like the idea of using one 18x21 split in half with a run out each end.
     
  9. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    My Dad walked in and I was talking to him about the shelter. Before I saw your comment we concluded that we would try finding a carport to use as a shelter, so that is great to read that you have already done this. Tomorrow we are going to go around and check out different carports and things that would work as a shelter.

    I think I might pass on the Imperator pair. [​IMG] I can't say for sure when I will be done with the aviary, hopefully soon, and I don't want to commit to paying for them before I can take them home. They are really nice birds, but I don't think I can do it. My parents would rather me get yearling (or younger) greens and raise them up.

    I will still be working on the aviary though especially if we can find a good carport for a shelter.

    Thank you for helping and good luck selling the pair, I am sorry I couldn't commit.
     
  10. No problem. I don't think they will be around long. The big sharks are circling the blood in the water as we speak.
     

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