One more project almost completed, and Neal is relieved...and sore! He spent last weekend at The Ranch, tackling the chicken run building.
He started by digging a 12-inch deep trench into our hard, rocky ground so he could lay an apron of the hardware cloth to deter digging critters. Luckily, he rented a machine for the trench-digging and didn't have to do it manually. Digging holes for the posts, however, was not so easy. Neal broke the handle on our post-hole digger trying to break the ground! He borrowed our neighbor's tractor with a post-hole digger attachment, but that did more harm than good. He finally went back to digging holes by hand.
Neal added additional posts for support, since the top will be covered with chicken wire. This will also make it possible to partition off a certain section of the run if we need to isolate chickens due to illness, or introducing new ones to the flock.