Grandfather says when he got engaged to be married in 2008, his bride-to-be insisted on bringing her cat and chickens with her. Well, housing the cat required no special arrangement, but the chickens were another matter.
Grandfather says he chickened out and bought a ready-made henhouse from local Mennonites, but he had to build a chicken run attached to the henhouse. That wasn’t the end of it — no mice were to be allowed inside. So, an exoskeleton was built and a welded steel mesh “balloon” was attached with laths to longerons inside it. Stainless was used under the dirt floor but it was unnecessarily expensive for the above-ground mesh, so the new-bride-to-be whipstitched galvanized mesh to the floor mesh with stainless steel fish trolling line.
About the Author: RD Blakeslee is an octogenarian in West Virginia who built his net worth by only investing in that which can be enjoyed during acquisition and throughout life, as opposed to papers in a drawer, like stocks and bonds. You can read more about him here.
Photos: Courtesy of the Blakeslee Family