I've seen quite a few good mews / weathering area designs. I thought I would share mine. First 2 pictures were June 08 when I built it all, 6 months before we trapped my tiercel. Mews is 8' X 8' X 8' high in the front, tapered to 6.5' high in the back. Weathering area is 12' X 12' X 7' high. Screened underneath with 4" of pea gravel base and astro turf on top. When I was done using the mews (2 days after trapping), I open up the mews barn doors and added a zip line from the mews perch to the weathering perch. The bird can go in and out as he pleases - works well. Last picture was in March - near the end of the season when Toma took a black squirrel in the backyard.
Thanks .. I like it too! I was trying to come up with a good way for the bird to get under shelter when it wanted to. My sponser showed me a few ideas and I have seen people using zip lines so I figured - I just paid a lot of money to build a mews and will only use it a few days! Why not use the mews as cover and incorporate the zip line and now it works great. If I need a mews, take out the zip line and shut the doors!!
And last summer it worked great as a club house for the granddaughters!!