Snow, lots of it. What a thing to wake up to. March came in like a lion and I think the lion stayed around and ate the lamb. Today, three brave souls are coming over to help complete the skin on the building. The east side is covered, the south side is covererd, the west side is covered except the solid shutters have to be hung. The north side we will finish today. The doors for all the sections are here, ready to go and all the track is already in the loft. Perches will be brought over and placed in their sections. Tomorrow we will start at one end and clean up the bits and pieces as we find them. Birds are coming tomorrow and we'll hold them in our receiving loft for 24 hours, vaccinate them, keep an eye on them to make sure all is well and on Wednesday they will be into the new loft.
Our first pickup is on Thursday at the airport in Toronto and at the Burger King on Dixie Road at Britania Ave. I have 2 flights and 2 appointments now, call to book yours if you are ready.
Thanks to those who have signed up.
It snowed again last night. Not much, just enough to make working on ladders and joists a little tougher. Great fun for us who have a touch of virtigo. Not much got done on the weekend. Those of us over the age of seventy needed a time out. That left the site empty of workers.
The frame of the loft is up. The rafters are installed for the landing deck. The ceiling joists are all in place and the ceiling wire/netting is installed . Today, Tuesday, we are cleaning up a bit of oddds and sods of framing and starting to install the roof framing. All should go quickly with the amount of help that we have.
Good morning all.
Time for an update on life around Salem. The new loft is starting to take shape and with the help of friends and fellow fanciers, it is comimg right along. Our deadline will, I'm sure, be met.
I should describe to you what we are building. It is a bit different than any other loft you've seen. I did a bit of this at the end of the season at the other one loft and it made a terrific difference.
The loft proper consists of a hallway four feet by sixty feet long. Doors can divide it into three seperate areas. At the front of the loft there is a fly pen four feet deep, four feet high and sixty feet long. On top is the landing board. Along the hallway are six lofts that are eight feet deep and ten feet wide. Seventy perches are along each side, the eight foot walls. Along the back walls, there are four foot doors that open and out into another room that matches the first. The two on the outer extremeties are eight foot by ten foot fly pens eight feet high. The centre two sections are a bit different. The first is eight by fourteen and the second is eight by six. This smaller one is my catching room. The ceiling is a bit lower and the birds will be much easier to pick up in the smaller floor space. In total we will have 1200 places for birds to hide away. All the sections have wire walls allowing fresh air to flow through out the building. All sections have lower pass ways for birds to move to where ever they want to be. All perches are box with lowered and angled rear sections. They will not stand in their own mess.
The exterior of the loft is where it becomes a bit different. All the walls are inch by inch wire. The front wall, the lower four feet is board and batten with double doors, two feet wide that open, placed every four feet. In the day time, doors are opened and the fresh air comes in. In the evening they can be shut as needed. The upper four feet of the front wall is made of clear acrylic plastic to allow sunlight to fill the loft. The trapping entrance is built into this.
The side walls and the rear walls are all constructed the same way, four feet of wall, four feet of shutters that open to allow the fresh air and sunshine in. These are seven feet high.
The roof is steel with clear plastic panels for light along the lower edge the full width of the rear roof slope.
i found the birds at the other loft enjoyed laying in the sunshine that came in from all side. The building faces south east in two sides get the sun till two or so. The back gets it untill the sun goes down.
There is an aditional twelve foot on the loft that is for our office, storage and hospital. Also the loading dock for filling the trailer.
Hope this helps to see what we are trying to do, make a building that will help keep every one healthy.
Thanks to all who have signed on.
Dyann, Linda, John and Rick
The construction of the loft is coming right along. The footings, support posts and frames are almost ready to accept the floor panels. Then we will be able to erect the walls. Cutting into the hill side gives the building a spectacular perch and certainly provides an easy approach when the birds come home to roost. We'll take some photos next week to put on Linda's face book for the Salem Special. At present, the ice makes life very difficult. Any distance away from something to hang onto, your off on a trip down the hill side.
Since there is only one payment for our race series, we have decided that payouts will be the day after each race is over. The only exception will be the main event where we will need a couple of days to figure out the pool payouts. That is always a bit of a chore but I'm sure Dyann will be much quicker at it than me. Thanks to those who have signed up so far. More are on their way.
Sun is shining, oh happy day. Maybe there will be enough warmth to melt some ice. Where I live, there is not one square foot of ground that is level so no matter which way you go, your heading up or down. We have a nice layer of ice as thick and hard as concrete and now I have a third way to go, flat on my back. I've been given advice by a basketball player on how to fall. Just relax and hold your hands and arms out of harms way. You try to remember that as your feet shoot out from underneath you.
We have had a break in the cold and the excavator managed to cut a swath into the hill side. The same day, Adam and I managed to place the 28 support pads needed for the loft. Everything is level and we are ready to start assembling the building. Linda has taken shots on her Ipad and she will be starting her " The Salem Special " blog on Facebook. This will give you a chance to see how we are getting along.
Thanks to all who have registered on site. I am glad your on board for 2019.
I've learned a new skill. How to be a carpenter using frozen fingers. Whacking them with a hammer while holding nails brings a level of joy to working in the winter that I've never experienced before.
We are almost ready to begin the assembly of the loft. Trusses aren't ready yet but will be by the time the rest of the building is up. The interior fittings are half complete and the balance will be in March. The excavator will have our footings in place shortly and then we can start the assembly process. Hopefully the weather will help. A bit of sun will make working in a field a bit more enjoyable.
Slowly the list of breeders is starting to grow. I am sure when the word spreads that we will be open for business, lots will come aboard. Hope to hear from you all soon.