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    • CommentTimeJun 24th, 2011 11:19pm (Jun 24th 2011)

    Keeper of the hens

    Haven't really updated you for a while so here goes!

    In the forum a few people have asked to see Milly's plaque which CC kindly made for us, and looks lovely:

    And secondly, you may have noticed that the hens (and worryingly, the electrics for the cams and microphones) had started to get wet during our (let's face it, quite common) downpours.

    The roof of the coop had definitely seen better days - in fact most of it had gone brittle in the sun and been blown off leaving huge holes - it didn't look good:

    So I decided that I'd try and replace the coop roof with something that had to let lots of light in (so it would look nice for the hens, and their watchers, and help them get the daylight they needed to stay healthy and lay lots of eggs), but also be completely waterproof, zero-maintenance and able to withstand the gale force winds we often get on the side of the hill.

    I also thought it would be nice to use donations, but seen as how we've only had one donation this year (thanks Paul B!), I had to take drastic action and get my dad to help out with providing the necessary materials and know-how!

    I've used some thick plastic corrugated roofing material which is uv-resistant, so should hopefully last for some years to come:

    It's turned out quite well because it's completely clear so lets all the light in (the old roof had lots of planks of wood trying to hold it down!), and the electrics are nice and protected now (this was quite a worry during very wet weather)...

    Hopefully you'll benefit from better pictures and colour from the cams, and the hens will be happier out of the rain!

    The strange thing is, both myself and Helen have noticed how big the eggs are from the girls - and they both seem to be laying - not bad for a couple of tough old birds! I think they're 8 years old, so just goes to show chickens can live long, happy and productive lives!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 25th, 2011 8:03am (Jun 25th 2011)
    Everything looks lovely, Neil!! I use the plastic corrugated roofing material on lots of things around here. It really hold up well in the rain.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 25th, 2011 6:04pm (Jun 25th 2011)
    It looks really posh! And the patio looks good; had any barbies there? Or are you waiting for another flying visit from Trev?
    • CommentTimeJun 25th, 2011 11:53pm (Jun 25th 2011)
    That looks great Neil - well done! Glad to hear the girls are rewarding your hard work with extra large eggs to replenish your energy!

    CC, the plaque looks wonderful! You did a fantastic job on it. Thanks for posting the pics Neil.
    • CommentTimeJun 27th, 2011 1:07pm (Jun 27th 2011)

    Keeper of the hens

    Looking good dad :)