Well, we had a few hours yesterday afternoon to make a little more headway…
The trenching around the bottom edge is complete. The bottom section of the welded wire is almost complete. And one end has the corrugated metal attached.
We have a good stretch of time today to finish the rest and move the girls in.
They are so ready to be out of their half-way house and literally spread their wings out!
The next project after this is to build new feeders – Check out these no spill chicken feeders!!
Well, we had high hopes that we would finish the chicken run on day two and be able to move the girls into their new digs! But, securing the welded wire was quite the challenge. We started with the roof pieces around the trees, knowing those sections would take the most time and thought. We have roof rats in our area and wanted to make sure there were no holes around the tree trunk and branches that would allow a roof rat to slide in and devour the chicken food.
We placed the wire, cutting around the tree as close as possible without allowing the wire to cut into or scratch up the tree. Then we came in with single strand wire and wove around the tree to close the gaps the cutting made.
The roof rats are pretty large and I am hoping that they will not be able to squeeze through. We also thought about filling the holes with steel wool for a further deterrent.
So, here’s what we accomplished yesterday…
The roof is complete. The top portion of all of the walls, except the one end is started. Once these wall pieces are secured, we will dig narrow trenches along the bottom of each wall so the bottom pieces of the welded wire can be buried below grade. After the welded wire is finished on the bottom sections, we will place 26″ wide corrugated metal (horizontal) in the same trench in front of the welded wire to deter the dogs even further. Look for more progress soon!
As promised, here’s pictures of what we accomplished yesterday…
The overall dimensions of the run are 32′ long x 7′ deep x 6′ high (in the back) or 5′-6″ high (in the front). The front posts are 8′ on center. And the horizontal bridging is approximately 3′ down from the header.
Today, we construct the door and secure the wire over the framing.
The roof framing is 2 x 4s 36″ on center. We used this spacing because the width of the wire is 36″. The most challenging aspect of the roof will be cutting the wire so it can go around the tree trunks without any holes for possible breach.
I know it seems that all aspects of our lives have stopped to watch Chickens.
Just look at this beautiful purple kohlrabi!