Using Straw Bales as Wind Break?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Daisy8s, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. Daisy8s

    Daisy8s Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Heading into winter I'd like to set up an informal wind break in the run. I'm thinking of an L shape of straw bales stacked about two bales high to block wind from the north and northwest. I'd like to use straw bales since they're what I already have on hand. Is there any reason not to use them? I can't think of a cheaper product that is easier to "build" with.
     
  2. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Not at all good idea of using what you have, I like the idea. Just a hint stack them as you would bricks, in a staggered fashion it will make it stronger and maybe string a wire around the top layer fastened to something to keep it strong.
     
  3. Daisy8s

    Daisy8s Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, good idea to stack them like bricks. But...how to find a half bale to start the first row?? [​IMG]
     
  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Seperate the one bale into half's and re-tie it, [​IMG]
     
  5. Daisy8s

    Daisy8s Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Oh, uhm, I guess that was obvious, huh?[​IMG]
     
  6. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Sorry couldn't resist [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. Daisy8s

    Daisy8s Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No problem...I'm still chuckling!
     
  8. Annie's Backyard Flock

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    Try to re-tie BEFORE you cut the rope. Easier to keep together.
     
  9. Daisy8s

    Daisy8s Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Annie's Backyard Flock :

    Try to re-tie BEFORE you cut the rope. Easier to keep together.

    That'd be tricky given how tightly a straw bale is bound. Maybe if I cut only one of the twine ties first, then I could get in there to divide in half and bind each half. Hmm, this is starting to sound like some work.... I just wanted to throw some bales in the yard and be done with it!​
     
  10. wilobrookfarms

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    If your gonna wrap around two sides. You can let the extra half extend past side. and used that to start your stagger on the next side. Did I confuse you? lol
     

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