I'm going to use shingles. They're flat and look like rubber or sandpaper almost. Don't know what kind of shingles are common out there? They'll just be there to protect the plywood from rain and snow.
Post by crbhawking on Mar 24, 2009 20:37:32 GMT -5
It looks like you would need a long leash to keep the bird's perches from being right on each other. How long do you have the leashes and wouldn't it be better if they were on an out door trolly system because when they are on the perch outside of the loo wouldn't you want their bating to be shorter yet they would be able to fly into the mews. With the trolly a bate away from the loo would be maybe 3 feet long while a bait without the trolly would be 5 feet long. Also if you use the trolly then your outside perch can be a block like perch similar to that of the initial sketch and would in turn be simpler and less problem causing.
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How long do you have the leashes and wouldn't it be better if they were on an out door trolly system ...
Butting in... yes, if his facility was larger and rectangle, I could see a cable system so the bird could come and go from under solid roof to open wired roof. Friend of mine had that system and it worked well. But Eragon's isn't large, it's square, and not designed for flight.
Using a drafting compass on the floor plan, Eragon draws a 3 ft. circle - using the perch in the center of the mews floor as the pivot. (Everything centers around the rotatingring perch where the hawk is tied.) That 3 ft. circle is the leash length (includes jesses and leash extender). The Loo perch and bath pan are positioned along that circle's line.
Add another 2 ft. outside that circle to accomodate a fully extended wing during a bate (no contact with wire or walls). Area the hawk occupies would be a minimum of 5 ft. diameter.
Add another 3ft. or more for Eragon to work around the bird while tethered, (filling the water pan, picking up scraps, etc.) = minimum 8x8ft. mews. I prefer more room (allowing for bird handling, and the inevitable bate off my fist in the mews) = 10x10ft. mews. The larger mews also allows more room for longer leashes and using a bow perch instead of a ring.
My Dad is fairly set on 8x8 he already has the area set aside in the yard. Since it's his yard and he's allowing me to build, I'm gunna try and comply.
Then you'll have to go with what he'll allow. It'll be tight, but do-able.
Would you recommend the bow? I know that both you and H use rings and that's what I was planning on doing.
There are many reasons why H and we prefer and use rotating rings exclusively. When you come for the seminars, I'll explain and show you why.
I have some welded wire that is 2x3 would that be too big? I can get 1x2 but have rolls of the other stuff laying around.
If you can get the 1x2, get it! It's a lot stronger. Very few critters and birds can squeeze through it. If you decide to fly a K in the future, a loose K can escape through the 2x3. So build it with the smallest bird in mind so you won't have to re-do things later. And it'll take someone (intent on doing mischief) a long time to cut 1x2 welded wire to gain entry.
Of course, you're going to be screening over the wire to prevent West Nile, but window screen will not stop a determined weasel (which can squeeze through 2x3). Had a couple visit our old place down the road from you, so use the smallest mesh you can get.
I'll go for the 1x2. Do you thing the 2x3 would work for under the gravel? I wanna use it up for something...it's just taking up room in the yard now.
Yes, great idea! If you've got enough, you can double the wire (cross-lap one piece over the other) and reduce the mesh size that way. Weasels dig too, so I'd concentrate the double wire along and under the mews walls.
Mews are completely built and inspected. I passed! Really happy right now!
Very nice! Congrats on passing! You should be happy and proud.
Grand-sponsor recommends: Finish it up with window screen before you get your bird. And nail the carpet down, if you haven't already.
Also, plan for winter... removable plexiglass panels or transparent plastic sheeting to cover the door opening (north) and maybe the open eastern exposure. She'll need full protection from the bitter arctic winds, blowing snow, and ice storms.