Decided On Shed Size

I’ve decided to go with a 8′ x 12′ shed.  I think that will make the best use of materials since the metal comes in 3′ sections.  I’m going with a single pitch, or shed style roof.  I can get 12′ sections and if I over hang them 6″ on the front and about 6-1/2′ on the back.  This will give me a covered area behind the shed to park an old ridding mower that I use to pull trailers around my property.  I still have to figure out the construction details and buy materials, but I’m sure I’ll be able to figure it as I go.

Bee Update

Our bees appear to be doing well.  However it has been very hot lately in S.E. MI so they are “bearding”, which is how they cool off.  I need to get another hive body on the stack and add a bottom entrance as well to improve ventilation.  However the current stack weighs in excess of 100 lbs, maybe close to 150 lbs so lifting it up and sliding a different bottom board under it.  I would like to drill a hole in it and put an entrance disk over it, but I suspect the vibrations that come with drilling will irritate the bees.



Electric Fence Door

20160709_193622.jpgWe use the portable electro-net fencing to keep our chickens in (more or less).  I think more importantly it keeps the ground based predators out.  However I don’t want to always have to cut the power to get in and out of the Critter Fence.  My dad built what is in effect, a portable door out of 2″ x 2″ boards.  Originally we also ran a wire from the electric fence over to the metal fencing that filled in the door.  However that has fallen by the wayside as it didn’t appear necessary after a couple of years.

We do have coyotes in the area and this has worked for me for about 5 years now.  I don’t believe I’ve ever lost a bird to a ground based predators.  Ariel predators on the other hand have been a source of continuing aggravation to me.