It's all for you guys...
The excavation & terrace, taking shape
Radiant tubing laid with wire mesh both under & over
You don't see here, the tubing going out to the "duck pond" The slab
Filling the roof cavity with straw
The skin is mostly on
Stuffing the walls with straw
Close-up of typical wall cavity, with offset 2x4s
Standing seam metal roof is going on, as well as a gutter just in time for rain...
still need to trim north edge
With paper & stucco lathe up
Nesting boxes ready for lots of egg-layin (thanks, Kira!)
A solar panel is now mounted on the roof (with a tarp over it for now),
and the birds have a run to run in! (thanks, Devin!)
The new door is hung, complete with kick plate reinforcing (thanks, Marco & Rick!)
And a chicken sculpture given as a gift... 'now wired to the door (thanks, Francee!)
Created a portal into the run, mostly for people to come & go,
but also for the birds to come & go, so long as we're around to keep an eye on 'em.
The works. The mesh cloth over the run is just to provide more shade...
it'll probably come off soon, as it continues to get colder into the winter. It's really wonderful peace of mind to have the run together... not having to jump every time you hear a squawk... previously, they'd just have the whole world to run around in (if we were here), but honestly, it's a wonder we didn't lose birds* more routinely that way. Left to do is plumbing the active solar-heating system to keep the pond free of winter ice. * Dedicated to "Hop", the sweet Barred-Rock that got munched by a hawk, summer '09.