This is what it looked like after the June 29, 2012 derecho (straight-line winds approaching 90 mph) that swept through the upper Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states. The loft has since been reset closer to the ground and the trees have been removed.. Note the young birds on the roof in the first picture. There were about 50 of them outside when the wind hit and a few of them didn't get back inside and had to ride it out. Surprisingly, all eventually made it back inside safely.
shows hens and late hatch youngsters in what will double as a weaning loft
and possibly as a place to keep the widowhood hens if we do decide to try
widowhood this year. The white vinyl lattice allows us to feed by placing
feeders outside the loft and letting the birds feed through the holes.
Here you see the expanded metal grates that the birds walk on. This works out great in any loft you may have.