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Omlet Walk-In Run Part 3 – It’s starting to take shape!

on August 5, 2016
Omlet Walk in run build

It’s taking shape!

Omlet walk-in run door

Attaching the door

It’s beginning to look less like a bunch of metal parts and more like a chicken run!

We did make a bit of a mistake when initially building the run which may have been due to our over-excitement and rushing ahead (Martin – I’m looking at you!). I spotted that the pieces had started to be attached together back to front i.e. the overlapping vertical and horizontal lines of mesh were inconsistent or ‘back-to-front’. This made the lining up of the panels ever so slightly uneven which niggled away at my perfectionism. Naturally, I insisted that Martin dismantled the first 20 minutes of progress and start all over again. I forgot to mention in my introductory post – it helps to have a patient boyfriend as an accessory to the construction process. He’s reading this and shaking his head, half in exasperation and half in agreement.

We found it easiest to open the boxes as we went along rather than opening everything all in one go. The instructions work from one box of parts to the other which keeps things tidy and prevents parts from being mixed up with similar parts.

Omlet walk in run

A corner close-up

Putting together the omlet walk in run

Plastic clips and poles

The run is essentially made up of a series of flat metal parts and poles, held together by little plastic clips. The clips intrigued us when we first encountered them during the build of our Eglu Go.

We were concerned by the way the plastic turns white when you bend it, which we worried was a sign of weakened structural integrity.

Turns out our worry was needless as the original clips on our Eglu Go are still going strong after 4 years.

Omlet clips

Bendy plastic clips

The clips are a little fiddly if you’ve never used them before – there is a knack to using them and it involves squeezing the clips from the right angle. See our video of the ‘squeezing process’ in the next post to see how easy it is once you’ve got the hang of it.

 

 

 

 

Omlet walk in run

The base is complete

Even with a short-trimmed lawn, the anti-predator skirt blends in well and is barely visible. The anti-dig skirt is one of the main reasons I bought this run because I am terrified of facing the horrible prospect of losing my girls to a fox or any other predator.

Occasionally on very warm evenings, I like to leave the door of the Eglu house open, both to allow the chickens to get up at their leisure and to give them a bit of extra air circulation in hot weather. I know they’d be fine with the door closed but it’s nice to have the option of leaving it open at times.

The first half of the run took shape quite quickly in around an hour (including our little mistake).

Coming up in part 4 – the construction of the roof.

 

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