I have spent the last two weeks improving the chook runs.
The first step was to bring in the two outside fences. I did this to gain better access between the chook runs and the boundary fence line. We now have an improved pathway and viewing options.
I also retro fitted some corrugated iron inside the chicken runs to act as a barrier against dirt being scratched out of the runs and against the timber fence. It was a bit of an effort, but worth doing properly.
I threw some more bark chips around to pretty it all up again.
We can now walk into both chicken runs easily. They both have permanent netting over the top to keep the chooks from flying the coop. We can also leave the chook run doors open overnight, this allows the hens to strech their legs as early as they like. We will alternate which run is in use for the birds and plant out the other one.
The Outback Shack - Micro Shelter is finished.
I have worked on and off over the last 10 months to complete this project. The dream was to create a small tranquil space to retreat to without having to leave the city. The Outback Shack is part study, library, think tank, sun room, sleep station, cubby house, recovery zone and ideas room.
The finsihed project echoes the original design I had in my head, but has been tweaked along the way to maximise the utility and function of the Outback Shack.
The clear polycarbonate roofing allows for excellent light penetration during the day and star gazing at night. It also helps to increase the passive solar heating effects during the day. Current testing has yielded a pleasant boost to interior temperature given the approaching winter. During Summer, the Outback Shack can be wheeled into the shade if things get too hot.
This photo was taken immediately prior to the roof going on, it is included to provide a sense of scale to the micro shelter.
The first night that I slept in the Outback Shack also coincided with the first rain we had in weeks. The micro shelter kept me warm and dry. The bespoke blanket jumper my brother and I crafted a couple of years ago proved its value yet again.
This was the view I woke up to. Given that the Outback Shack - Micro Shelter is on wheels, I can change the outlook at will.
A film about the Outback Shack is currently in production, it will cover the construction, the reason and a few extra bits and pieces about this project.