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JenniferB
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 3:11 pm Reply with quote

We have been working hard and what seems like forever on new breeder runs. We have made them entirely of tree logs. They are 10' x 16' approximately. The tree diameter has made it not exact, which is okay for me. It is very natural, it looks like it fits right into our woods which are right behind them. We have buried logs of all different diameter for poles and used interesting curved logs for the cross supports. The only 2 x 4's were for the tin support and doors. All we have left now is fencing and netting. We will be using logs as perches too. We built these in such a way that we can continue adding a long row of runs if we want. Later down the road there will be a large "common" area about an acre in size. It will take a couple years of slowly making it bigger, but the thought is when it isn't breeding season we can open the doors and they will have a huge area to roam with perches and plantings and benches for people. I do let my birds free range too, but it will still be a large area when i don't want them out and for yearlings.

Well anyway here are some progress pics.














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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 4:21 pm Reply with quote

That's gonna be awesome looking !
Curious, did you treat the part of the trees that are sunk in the ground to prevent rotting?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:31 pm Reply with quote

We didn't. We researched all over the internet and asked friends what they did. There were several different things you could do including nothing. We chose to do nothing. Everything took time to soak the wood or money, neither of which we had. So we figured if a pole only lasts ten years...we will just change it. lol

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2011 10:55 pm Reply with quote

Well the new run is done. We still have to attach the net on the adjacent pen and then we want to build 2 more just like it connecting to each other side by side. We worked so hard and long hours in hot sun to get this done. My husband was such the trooper using a chain saw to notch every tree to fit together. I did a lot too, but many things I was the assistant. Part of what took so long is each piece had to be measured to be cut/notched due to the fact that everything has a different diameter. I love the natural look of it, and from a short distance you can hardly see the fencing and net. I hope you enjoy the pictures.












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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2011 4:44 pm Reply with quote

I think your pen looks fantastic!!!

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 9:24 pm Reply with quote

Thank you! We just completed another section. Now we can move the birds from one side of the building to the other and take down the "temporary" fencing and replace it with what we just did. So then there will be 3 runs like that in a row. Then we plan to make at least 3 more.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 11:57 pm Reply with quote

Your new runs look great!

I'm:

(1) impressed with the way you built them (and the amount of work you obviously put into them); and

(2) jealous of all the trees! And the green stuff (like grass on the ground and growing things)!

I've been watching as the pictures have gone up. I am not making anything like that kind of progress here, but it is inspiring to see yours.

Thanks for sharing,

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 11:24 pm Reply with quote

kuddos! Most impressive!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 6:51 am Reply with quote

well done, i know how much work goes in to a pen!! looks great.

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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 12:06 am Reply with quote

I love the idea of using natural logs to build your pen! What a great job! I am jealous that I could never do that with the pen we are about to build here in Texas. Between the natural humidity, carpenter bees, and carpenter ants, the logs would not last 2 years. Sad

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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 5:53 pm Reply with quote

Yeah I noticed some carpenter bees drilling holes in the roosts!
Here is a photo of one of the darn bees with my peacock Peep looking at it...
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 8:57 pm Reply with quote

WOW Shocked

THAT is an award-winning photo.

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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 9:05 pm Reply with quote

Haha thanks I was lucky to get it. Peep was up there watching that bee like a hawk. He was really interested in it.
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 1:36 am Reply with quote

Fantastic photo and sharp eye! I hate those bees because the males chase after me when I am on my riding lawn-mower!

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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 6:30 am Reply with quote

Yes, those carpenter bees are a nuisance. I found that if you stain/paint the underside of your lumber, the bees move on to something that's untreated. They won't mess with deck stain or paint.

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