Stage 1 – The inside Build
Believe it or not, this is where I planned to build the breeding room (The Shed). It’s the back half of the garage which sits in the garden, behind a 2 meter high permanent fence … why the builders built it there , only they will know !!. Anyway, the back wall is the brick wall on which I attached the outside flight. It was damp, the window needed replacing and also needed re-roofing. Only when this was done, could I set about building the job inside.
It was quite obvious when I went outside and looked at how the previous owner of the house had constructed a flower bed – it was directly onto the garage wall with no sign of a membrane. I decided remove the wall right away because if I had left it any later the damp would have got onto the insulation and potential smells in later months.
I left it to dry out for about 2 weeks in the end.
I sealed the floor with a waterproof membrane – no photo of that.
The wiring is done and ceiling panels on.
The 2″ thick insulation is also fitted as you can see. I haven’t fitted the door yet, but the stud wall is there.
I used 4″ polystyrene blocks for the insulation between the roof beam’s, you can just see the white blocks in the photo above. I hoped this would keep the room at a decent temperature without the extra expense of heating. I wasn’t wrong, the temperature in the shed is around 10 degrees, with the odd blip up to 20 degrees in extremes in the summer and down to only 5 degrees in the snow. Worth the work and dosh.
Well, I blame Diane for this little oversight !!
I was using this storage trunk as a base for cutting sheets id chipboard, she called me to say that there was a cuppa on the way – when I came back to cut the job, I hadn’t checked to see if I had moved the sheet to be cut …………………….. these things happen !!
Happy days !!!
The first job was to get the roof done – I went for Firestone Rubber Cover, a brilliant job which holds an unlimited guarantee.
I took out the rotten wooden window and fitted a new double glazed window, I would have bought a window with a full length opener as well as the top one, however, I had security in mind.
I realised that the damp wall was not from the old wooden window as I first thought, but through the wall.
I used 2″ x 2″ timber, screwed to the walls to take the insulation. I had to put a dividing wall half way down the garage to block the whole thing off from the storage part of the garage.
It was a similar job on the floor, I used 2″ x 2″ timber again here.
I lined the whole of the inside with 2″ thick polystyrene and topped with 20 mm chipboard.
Here is the first of many decisions I made that turned out to be the wrong one.
I got hold of some heavy duty vinyl flooring. It went down well, but it scuff far too easily. With hind site I should have tiled the floor, there wouldn’t have been a lot of difference in the price either …. oh well.
That was all of the inside shell basically done. It was going to plan, but during the build I had undergone a hernia operation – NOT keyhole surgery, so the recovery time was very slow, if you’ve had one of these op’s you’ll know that it very painful for weeks ………. up and running again and it was time to bring in the breeding cages. I decided to buy some secondhand cages, so I went for it rather than my original plan of building them myself.
I bought these secondhand blocks of cages from a guy who had given up the hobby in South Yorkshire. At the time I thought I had got a bargain, but the basic design is awful. They are a breeding haven for red mite, which I found for myself unfortunately, although I have eradicated most of them, they are a constant worry and have to keep on top of the situation.
The guy also gave me these nestboxes and chick hides, again, they needed to be cleaned up but I like the box in box design. The chick hides also double up as a shelf to put the birds feed on.
The Breeding cages – painted
They look nice and clean now – I used a water based, white undercoat – – 2 coats, and a top coat of water based Dulux Satinwood in brilliant white – other products are available !
I rubbed the grills down as far as I could and sprayed them with a white-goods paint. It took care of the expense of new ones at this early stage of my birdroom ……. perhaps I’ll get some new ones later on.
The whole thing is easy to clean, great, because like most of us, I don’t like that part of the hobby because it’s a pain.
This corner holds all of the electric points, except for one which will be on the ceiling used for the Air-vac.
The working area is a bit small but is OK, I got hold of 2 x 800mm units from a local DIY store – if you look int the racks of these places you will often find damaged goods within the good stuff – why not ?- These units will be used as storage cupboards.
I constructed this with 30mm x 30mm timber, I wanted a mesh that looked and was sturdy, so I bought some 8′ x 4′ sheet of H/D wire mesh, this is 3mm x 25mm x 25mm.
You can see the bob-hole for the birds which leads into the outside flight. This was another mistake, I should have made it twice the size which would have allowed the birds to fly straight in and out. I added a slider that would stop any extra cold air getting in when the weather became very cold, so that the birds could roost and not get chilled with any drafts.
The cupboard under the flight is used for seed bins and seed storage …… and the vacuum cleaner.
The chipboard walls are 15mm thick, and are all screwed into place. The outline of the birds bob-hole leads to the outside flight ( Stage 2 ).
All walls and the ceiling are covered with plastic cladding – very easy to keep clean and hides a multitude of sins. The cladding I’ve used is only about 1.5mm thick and comes in lengths of about 3 metres and 30cms wide , some people are using 2.5mm, I think this is a waste of hard earned cash – the cladding just gives a cleaning surface and is stapled on the walls and ceilings, it carries no weight or takes any ware, so why shell out for thicker material?
With the wonder of hindsight I would have stapled the cladding vertically instead of horizontally – my reasoning is that I have found that feather dust lays on the shelves of the clad, which wouldn’t happen quite as much if stapled vertically. Hey-ho.
Now here’s the thing guys and girls – if you’ve been reading this whole page, or even the whole website, well done you and thanks from me, you have some staying power without a doubt.
But if you intend to read on through this whole epic of my Shed, I really feel that you should take a break ….. put the kettle on, have a cuppa of whatever you fancy, if it’s wine-time then I would go for a nice glass of red……………
Welcome back, that’s better. You’ll be ready to undertake the next page or two with some sort of drink in hand – nice
Breeding cages – finished
These cages brushed up OK. I’m still not happy with them, but until I win the Lotto, they will have to do.
The training flight.
This was a waste of cash to be honest with you. The product is superb, but the birds seem to hate it. Yes I know it sounds mad, but whenever I put any birds into it, whether they are youngsters or adults, they go cold. They just sit on the perches, hardly any noise from them or movement. I have plans to use the frames though, later on when I deconstruct most of what you have just read about ! But that will be next year (2016 now), or the year after, who knows.
I should have shelled out the extra cash on this aluminium section, when I built the inside/roosting flight. I like it a lot.