Life at the end of the road

April 14, 2014

Tee shirt all day :-)

Filed under: daily doings — Tags: — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:32 pm

Great progress today on the hen front,

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as you can see the ISA brown pullets we got off ‘Donald the Hen’ have started laying. They’ve actually been laying for a week or two and that egg on the left is actually a supermarket ‘medium’ so the one on the right must be a Zeppelin. Anyway, with a good forecast for the day I decided to make a start at last on the new ‘hen compound’ up at the new house site. It will be one of two measuring around 600m square that we can keep them confined to until the afternoon in an attempt to stop some of them ‘laying out’.

 

As we have no predators here we don’t shut the hens in at night as a rule and even if we shut them in their current run half of them can fly over the fence anyway. Clipping their wings makes little difference as they just hop up into the trees, onto their houses and ‘do a runner’. So, in the light of experience I’m putting up a 6’ fence in front of the ‘solar powered hen shed’ from which they’ll not be able to escape from. They’ll still have total free range, just not until later in the day.

The first task was to finish off inserting the 29mm threaded bar into the hole I’d bored last night for my wind turbine base.

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Another suck with the hoover then a final clean with a paint roller stuffed on the end of some 6mm threaded bar had the 400mm hole nice and clean. When that was sorted I injected my last 300ml of Hilti HT500 resin into the hole and gently pushed the rod in, having first taped up the last 50mm with parcel tape to prevent the resin bonding to the end where the nut would go. This resin is normally around £30 a pop and I’ve used 10 tubes, however I’ve been getting it off eBay just past it’s ‘use by’ date for £5.50 so far, far cheaper and easier than pouring 7 cube of concrete on Raasay.

The second job was to put in a strainer post and I knew from experience that that was going to be an epic. In order to maximise the available space and to keep the corner at 90° the post had to go into ground with only a few inches of turf over solid rock. Having spent several hours recently boring 28mm and 32mm holes 400mm deep this was going to be a ‘walk in the park’ Smile

 

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That’ll be the 6’ steel bar a full 9” in the heather, 3m nearer the hen house would have seen it in 6’ of peat but then it would have been all ‘un square’ so I broke out the Hitachi once more.

 

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The 6’ fence would be going to that other strainer and all the intermediate posts had a good deep bed of peat to lie in. The secret of any fence is to get the strainers secure.

 

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Having little in the way of soil to support the post I bored a 20mm hole in the rock, a 19mm hole in the bottom of the strainer and then hammered in a 19mm steel bar.

 

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Several other hole were then bored into the rock to take steel bar that could then act as anchors for the ‘guys’ that would support the strainer.

 

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A deer stob was bolted to the already set strainer at the opposite end and the heather cleared with my trusty brush cutter.

 

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It looks rubbish cos all these were taken by my phone and I can’t see the screen for the sun!! but this is the ‘yet to be guyed’ post in the rock.

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Once they were in position I stretched a wire along the bottom to give me a line and put in the intermediate posts.

 

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I know, it looks rubbish but I was using a phone and not my trusty Panasonic Sad smile

There was more but it’s way past my bedtime now so I’ll finish off tomorrow.

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6 Comments »

  1. Are you going to put up a fence to stop the hens wandering about on the solar panels?
    Kev

    Comment by Kev — April 15, 2014 @ 7:42 am

    • Hi Kev, the hens won’t have access to the low side of the shed, and not even ours can jump 10′ 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 15, 2014 @ 10:36 am

  2. I may have sent you this before, but your fence work reminds me of Red Steagal narrating “The Fence That Me and Shorty Built”. A great short listen . Find it on YouTube via Google for some homespun philosophy!

    Comment by David & Margaret Gartside, Spain — April 15, 2014 @ 12:55 pm

  3. Sent from my Xperia™ smartphone smartphone

    Comment by Neil Sillars — April 18, 2014 @ 8:43 am

    • Howday Neil,

      is that you with a new phone then 🙂 looks like your boat isn’t far away.

      Good luck, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 18, 2014 @ 9:31 am


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