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    No chance of moving it around my meandering garden Snadge - its difficult enough with a wheel barrow.
    Pond liner is great for roofing, comes in huge sheets (so no joins) and is quite cheap. My small shed has been roofed with it and has stayed dry for a couple of years now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet View Post
    Brilliant VC...and such a bonus that you can stand up in all of it
    And there was me thinking the shallow end was to help you catch the chickens
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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    The girls moved into a new run today. Its taken 5 days to build but it'll be worth it

    First, clear a space.

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    Order wood, wait for delivery (Monday)

    Construct timber frame. Salvage door from old chicken run and rehang(Tuesday)

    Add roof timbers (Wednesday)

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    Cover roof with pond liner! Attach wire netting all round. Lay wire netting in trench on outside of run and bring it out by a foot. Bury netting with earth and chippings and weight down with slabs, bricks, logs, whatever. (Thursday)

    Dismantle coop and nest box and disinfect. Put legs on a pallet to make a stand for both
    Move "coffee table" to run for treadle feeder and water.
    Add chooks and wait for them to lay an egg. (Friday)

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    I can see the coop from the kitchen which is a bonus, as the old run was tucked away out of sight. I'm keeping the old run fenced and will use it for growing stuff, at the end of the season the chooks can go back in it to clear and dig it.

    The sloping roof (8' at the front & 4' at the back) should be better than the old flat roofed run as leaves collected on it and the rain water puddled.

    The run is oriented roughly North/south with North on the high side. At midday, the roof shades the run but morning and afternoon sun isn't blocked and the last of the setting sun, in the west, should shine into their coop entrance

    Its 4.8m long and 2.4m wide. During the day, they free range in the garden with me.
    Full marks for Ingenuity and craftsmanship.....Great positioning....good to be able to watch over them from the kitchen ......(Its not too near for the 'Smell' I hope).....Mind I expect the Chooks will soon get used to it eh .. Lol
    But watch out when they get the first 'Waft' of Sage and Onion.....They might get a bit Spooky..
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