Sunday, 7 April 2013
Fashioning the "Fox-proof Fowl Fort" (FpFF)!
We had purchased two sizes of cable ties - 150mm and 250mm. The shorter length ties were used to re-attach the aviary mesh to the frames. Some panels required many ties around the perimeter while others only needed a few.
Nick did most of the work but we all helped at different stages.
Some of the last panels required patching of larger holes or mending of split mesh. Fortunately we had some small pieces of similar mesh on-site and could use that for these repairs.
I've been researching the recommended space requirements for healthy chickens. Some information is quite detailed, even giving lengths of perch-space per bird! Generally though the consensus is that the more space chookies have, the happier they will be. Five square metres per chook is deemed "adequate" by the Poultry Cooperative Research Centre. When finished, the area of the Fox-proof Fowl Fort (FpFF) will be a little over 34 square metres, which would be suitable for six or seven chooks - so our four girls should have plenty of room!