Six feet tall at the walls.
Fifteen feet wide, and twenty-seven feet long.
Five hundred feet of 1"x 1/2", 3' wide hardware cloth (for walls, roof, and in floor sections)
And 9,700 staples, more or less. Probably more.
Our low water garden has paths through it, made of deep deposits of decomposed granite. We let those stay, and divided the one that enters the garden... part inside the run, part outside the run. We removed, and transplanted all the plants the goats were destined to inhale, leaving only two Arabian Lilacs. These shrubs are the purple and green leafed ones I mentioned, and the goats mostly leave them alone.
"Rafter ties are designed to tie together the bottoms of opposing rafters on a roof, to resist the outward thrust where the roof meets the house ceiling and walls. This helps keep walls from spreading due to the weight of the roof and anything on it, notably wet snow. In many or most homes, the ceiling joists also serve as the rafter ties. When the walls spread, the roof ridge will sag. A sagging ridge is one clue that the home may lack adequate rafter ties. Rafter ties form the bottom chord of a simple triangular roof truss. They resist the out-thrust of a triangle that's trying to flatten under the roof's own weight or snow load. They are placed in the bottom one-third of the roof height. Rafter ties are always required unless the roof has a structural (self-supporting) ridge, or is built using engineered trusses. A lack of rafter ties is a serious structural issue in a conventionally framed roof." Thank you, Wikipedia!
Geoff used 1/4" braided stainless steel cable, attached with eye bolts.
And on this day, the goat filter is being installed!
I can enter the run, collect eggs, check the bunnies, sit the with chicas, and say hi to the goats, without actually releasing the goats. The chicas have water on their side, too. The cables not only strengthen the roof, but will be useful for hanging shade cloth, or a rain tarp.
Abigail, I am so excited that your book arrived. Careful planning is the key to keeping chickens, and you, happy. So, I am glad you read "Chickens In Five Minutes A Day," and have begun making your own chicken plans. I think that's super. I cannot wait to read more, and soon, see some chica pictures, too.