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.
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.
We 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. 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.