Not such dramatic accomplishment today, but still made some progress. Day Two was all about coming to grips with the disintegrating fences in the chicken runs. I need at least one run with intact fences that will keep flighty pullets from jumping over and into my neighbour’s garden.
Though it was on my calendar, I was so focussed on my 5 day race that I forgot that I had committed to a one hour stint at work at 9 am this morning, to do the opening routines while my boss hosted a couple of our higher up bosses for a tour of our library. I got there a little late, but got it covered. So I didn’t really get started on Day Two until after my coffee when I got home, about 1030. Thus fortified, I launched into the day.
Things that got done:
1. Decided which of the four runs to focus on this week. I picked run #4, it already has string webbed across the run to deter eagles and the perimeter fence is in good shape. Just need to work on the fence between #4 and #3 run.
2. Figured out how I’m going to close off one run and open up another around the pop hole that leads to #4, #3, and #2 runs. The answer is 3 people sized gates, which will hang off posts at the end of each run by the hen house. I will make the gates after the 5 day race is over (unless by some miracle I end up with spare time!). I hit a snag with the plan around lunch time when I attempted to pound the second post in, using the pounder I borrowed from Hay Guy, and bent the post hitting a rock about a foot down. I moved over a tad, and found the same rock – 4 times, ruining two posts. So, clearly this plan needs to be adapted a little.
3. Moving on, I took out all the wire on the fence between #4 and #3 that was patched, broken or holey. This left me with a stretch near the chicken house of about 15 feet that needs to be completely re-wired. The rest of the fence looks fine, but is very low in places. I have decided to get a roll of 3 ft wire tomorrow to add to the top of this fence. I also put in three T-posts on this fence line, removing the short portable electric fence posts I’d had there before.
4. I started installing new wire. This is high enough, and being 1″ mesh, is sturdier than the 2″ mesh I had on this fence before, but I’ll still have the issue with sagging at the top in a year or two. Long term goal is to switch to square mesh. For the remaining fences that will have to be done over the winter, that’s what I’ll use.
5. I got some of the brambles clipped back around the area I was working in, when trying to get posts in for the future gates, but there’s a lot more of that to do.
This was all pretty simple stuff, but took a surprising amount of time. The rain started sporadically around 4, and at 430 I caved and had a tea break to catch up with the familys’ doings at school and work, then went and put tools away and did chores, as the rain started to get more serious.
Henny decided today that having been living wild for 3 or 4 weeks, she is content to be an indoor chicken for a bit and refused to leave her lovely clean hen house. This could have something to do with the fact that she is clearly moulting. Why do chickens do this just when the weather starts to turn cold and nasty? I’ve always wondered.