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January 6, 2013 at 3:02 pm #257519
we ahve chook house firmly in mind now hoop house help is asked for, did see a feature here or pri showing someones hoop house thought i saved it but can’t find even with searches.
our garden are is 5 meters wide, and about 13 meters long so we envisage a hoop house up to 7 meters wide and 15 meters long plan on using 8 foot star pickets and 1″ or 1.5″ black poly pipe thick section stuff for strength & stability, guess is it won’t be cheap but we will build it bit at a time, join the poly with ‘T’ section joiners for parallels along top and sides.
how far between hoops?
use something like cyclone straping for more stability. it’s goota be up for a long time.
building the frame may be first priority then the cover will be easy maybe? the cover and sides white mesh, with bird wire around teh bottom meter, cover for some sun protection but for bug control and mainly the birds ‘king parrots’.
many thanks again for all help
lenJanuary 7, 2013 at 9:16 pm #530066
Hi Len, Mauzi has written a lot about them but calls them poly-tunnels. Hope this helpsJanuary 7, 2013 at 9:45 pm #530067
lenJanuary 8, 2013 at 1:05 am #530068January 8, 2013 at 8:23 am #530069
well maybe not as fancy hey? but we’ve saved the link so far projected cos around $300 for poly pipe (black) and maybe $80 for star pickets, will need a tight budget so far, as none of what we need will be available second hand.
lenJanuary 9, 2013 at 2:26 am #530070
this explains some of how they are madeJanuary 9, 2013 at 8:37 am #530071
that’s the idea, we went out to the next suburb sort of yesterday and went a slighly different way, and saw a yard there with a couple of hopp houses, so as well as all information here we may yet visit these people and see what they did.
lenJune 7, 2013 at 3:58 pm #530072June 7, 2013 at 4:00 pm #530073
Ooops! The photo won’t attach, argh!June 7, 2013 at 4:44 pm #530074
still somehow got to get some cover over gardens, be good to find the experience to cost out the poly hoop house, or a square structure using timber??
may have to for some time just where we can set up individual covers for all 6 beds, the cost then will mainly be the shade clothe, 50% white I think.
somewhere in the future we are likely going to have to cover some of the fruit trees.
selinaneil, did you work how to post the pic’s?
lenJune 7, 2013 at 7:25 pm #530075
seem them side strengthened with metal batons about $1 a meterJune 7, 2013 at 8:53 pm #530076
Len are you trying to protect chooks from foxes or just build them somewhere to live?
Down here in Victoria, foxes are a problem so we have to make a chicken house pretty fortified to stop the buggers.
Sparrows, mice, the odd rat and snake are the only things I find in the chicken shed, although when it was really, really hot, a family of choughs used to pop in for a drink when the chooks were out free-ranging and the door was open.
If you’re in a rural area, keep your eye out for clearing sales. Usually find all sorts of things that go for bugger all because it’s bent, got the odd hole, tangled or whatever. At a recent one, saw a bundle of about 30 star pickets (all used, mostly a bit bent) go for a few dollars. Not much good for fencing, but for what you’re after could be ideal. rolls of used chicken wire $2, that sort of thing is a mecca for us recyclers.June 7, 2013 at 11:25 pm #530077
Let me guess- King Parrots nicking your tomatoes too?
I agree with Lady B about the clearing sales.
Is there a tip shop/ recycle mart at your local tip?June 8, 2013 at 3:09 am #530078
We have King Parrots but never seen them in the vegie garden. Always on the fringe of the tree line, which is where the house is, never in open field, where the veg garden is.June 8, 2013 at 10:18 am #530079
lady-b and G/F,
yes king parrots up here they raid all fruiting plants even chillies, so ultimately may have to net certain fruit trees, one person we know has tamarind tree and they nit off all new fruit, don’t eat it just nip it all off, they attack mangos as well.
seems to many fall for their pretty charm and feed hem so they see all humans as being family, we chase them away morn’ and night, others do heaps worse not their fault greedy human developers and gov’s cleared their food range, black cockatoos have to settle for radiate pine cones instead of larger tree fruits like she oaks.
so they spread this terrible tree around the bush and some land holders revere the pines yuk!
anyhow got a couple months up our sleeves, looks like covers for individual gardens, and plant tom’s particularly all around the place confuses the bird, they also eat our native passion fruits and gooseberries. wouldn’t mind that at all if they left tom’s alone. they are so cheeky they will lob right near you while you are in the garden, me looking one way they behind me and right into the middle of the bush and start eating.
this will be our second year coming so guess they will know we are well and truly here.
check dump shops and steel scrap yard only thing on rare occasions they have something we have 1 hour round highway trip to fetch trailer and go back home, so lots of junk in dump shops not much of anything of use. also people who live in gympie(has 2 dumps) know the best day and can be there for best choices.
the only tree fringe we have is pine trees and kingies don’t eat cone seeds.
yes chook house will be fox, rat and snake proof as much as we can. it’s a work in progress, hopefully finished around august/September, then buy chooks. and hopefully they will help get rid of the bugs eating our brassicas.
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