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Well...It's Finished!!!!!
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KellyGa    Posted 03-17-2004 at 17:08:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
I started the day off right today. I had the right wood, a pretty day, and lots of chicken help. :) Now the run is all finished. It is 6 foot wide, 8 foot long, and 4 foot high. Instead of using the chicken wire, I took Cindi's advice and got the poultry netting. Its gray, LOOKS like wire, but its plastic, MUCH easier to work with. I never knew using a staple gun could be so painful. My whole upper arm was feeling it when I was through from pulling that trigger a million times. I am going to start a fresh roll of film and take pictures of it with the run attached. I didn't have time to put up the windchimes and the twirlies, but I will, and then I will paint something pretty on the outside walls. THEN, I will take another picture of it finished, with the chickens in it. I have to go and get some pine shavings and hay to put in the bottom of the house, other than that, and I am gonna run a few heat lamps out there for at night until its a bit warmer, its DONE! They should be outta here beginning of next week, and then my speckled sussex will be in the next Friday. :) Then I can start this fun process all over again, and it is fun, I love it.


DD    Posted 03-17-2004 at 17:13:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
YAHOO!!! Congrats on getting it done Kelly : ) It seems ALOT of us have been cheering you on and enjoying hearing about your escapades with all of this right from the start : )


~Lenore    Posted 03-17-2004 at 20:06:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Girl, you need to buy an electric staple gun!!
They are great and fun.
Congratulations on your chicken house.

I love working with saws and hammers and electric drills, saw horses, etc.
I love the smell of wood being sawed, have ever since I watched a carpenter add a room on our housae when I was 2 1/2.
I watched him use his level and carpenter's plain and shave little wooden 'curls'.

It is so much fun when you finish a project,
such a sense of power and accomplishment.
Guys take those things for granted but us girls are not expected to do them,
so it is a great feeling when we do.


KellyGa    Posted 03-17-2004 at 17:17:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am so glad to have y'all as thrilled as I am. (Blushing) I will have y'all some pictures if Walmart will ever gimme my pics back! lol

In the past I have had trouble nailing two boards together, so this was quite an accomplishment for this woodworking challenged girl. :)


ret    Posted 03-17-2004 at 18:29:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
doggone it, if I wasn't so far from you and so old, I would kidnap you to help me. Nice to see someone who likes to go outside and do things around the place. You are ok in my book.
REt


KellyGa    Posted 03-17-2004 at 18:40:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks :) I got it in my blood. My daddy won't get caught inside on a nice warm day. He has already plowed up the ground for the garden, got his tomato plants sitting on the bookcase by the back door. He is going to be 69 this year, and I wish I had half of his energy, sometimes I just don't know how he does it.

I used to hate summer, the bugs would just get to me, and the heat would give me a fierce headache, and the pollen, well, I was sneezing and itching and if I mowed, I would be sick for two days afterwards, like I had a cold or something. Thanks to Clarinex, I don't have allergies anymore, thanks to Off! no bug bites, and thanks to blood pressure medicine, no headaches, and thanks to Prozac, no hissie fits in the heat of the summer! LOL! Hey, whatever works I always say. I do enjoy summer a lot more now, and I just despise the winter, used to like it, but it just seems so gloomy now.

What you need help with? I'll be right there! :)


Clipper....See!!    Posted 03-17-2004 at 17:24:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Helping us put the Saloon together gave ya the fortitude/skill to become a "Builder of Chickenhouses"!!!!


grma jo    Posted 03-17-2004 at 21:12:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
can i ask ya what is this plastic poultry wire called?? never heard of it or seen i t.. is it gonna be strong enough to withhold a dog or coons or ?? trying to get into the run ??

ive built my own coop & several runs for the poulrty flocks i have. always used one inch poultry wire & nailed those little U nails in by hand. the one i built this past summer, colasped after the last big snow fall we had, heavy snow, 7 inches, piled up on the top of the 10 foot tall runs & couldnt get thur teh 1 inch holes on the cover/top of runs, pulled over a 2x6 & snapped it off at ground level, which also pulled by weight several other poles & some smaller boards at the top cracked, really hate the thought of spending more time in the building of the runs, but i guess i have to now.


KellyGa    Posted 03-18-2004 at 01:54:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know if it would hold if a bigger strong animal, like a dog or such really wanted at them. Fortunately, and unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, I live in a neighborhood, and my whole back yard is fenced in, so the most I have to worry about is a cat passing through, or a pesky rat or mouse trying to get at the feed, which as a matter of fact is my concern, because they can chew through the plastic, if they want to. It was just an easy and cheap material to work with, thought I would give it a try before struggling with the chicken wire. We will see how it goes.

I do think I would have used heavier, stronger boards if I had to worry about racoons and dogs passing through though. May not be a good material to keep those out, if they want them bad enough.

I got it at Lowes, its a silvery gray color, makes it look metal, kinda. It is labeled poultry netting.


KellyGa    Posted 03-18-2004 at 01:52:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know if it would hold if a bigger strong animal, like a dog or such really wanted at them. Fortunately, and unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, I live in a neighborhood, and my whole back yard is fenced in, so the most I have to worry about is a cat passing through, or a pesky rat or mouse trying to get at the feed, which as a matter of fact is my concern, because they can chew through the plastic, if they want to. It was just an easy and cheap material to work with, thought I would give it a try before struggling with the chicken wire. We will see how it goes.

I do think I would have used heavier, stronger boards if I had to worry about racoons and dogs passing through though. May not be a good material to keep those out, if they want them bad enough.


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