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Dave C

What's under the Tarp?

From our kitchen window it looks like a miniature circus is in town with the Tarp over my Indian Game growers outside pen.

But as soon as you go anywhere near, they all want to be out  



Yorkshire Geordie

I think I'd be a bit brassed off if I was being kept in a pen when I think I should be roaming freely.          
Martyn
Mo

How are you getting on with the tarp?

We have one over our hens but it's a bit tattered and torn now with the winds, and I had to poke holes in it to let the rain drain which I guess kind of defeats the object but they had a swimming pool over their heads.
welshboy

Re: What's under the Tarp?

Dave C wrote:
From our kitchen window it looks like a miniature circus is in town with the Tarp over my Indian Game growers outside pen.

But as soon as you go anywhere near, they all want to be out  





Smart looking birds.
Dave C

Thanks pal
Dave C

Mo wrote:
How are you getting on with the tarp?

We have one over our hens but it's a bit tattered and torn now with the winds, and I had to poke holes in it to let the rain drain which I guess kind of defeats the object but they had a swimming pool over their heads.


I know what you mean  

I put a pole in the middle so it looks like a circus tent, all the water runs off the sides.
Still ends up muddy in wet weather though  
Mo

Clever   I pondered that but thought the pole would end up poking through the tarp.
Toddy

To safely raise a tarp on a stick, use a brush with the handle end rammed in the ground. The head's wide enough and soft enough not to carve a hole through the tarp.
The other way, on higher heights, is to buy a cheap kids football and even deflated it keeps enough of it's shaped to stop the stick poking through the tarp.
If it's likely to be a semi-permanent thing though you can fit one of the self tapping eyelets and use something like the thin ended tent poles.
Those self tappers are surprisingly effective

M
welshboy

Toddy wrote:
To safely raise a tarp on a stick, use a brush with the handle end rammed in the ground. The head's wide enough and soft enough not to carve a hole through the tarp.
The other way, on higher heights, is to buy a cheap kids football and even deflated it keeps enough of it's shaped to stop the stick poking through the tarp.
If it's likely to be a semi-permanent thing though you can fit one of the self tapping eyelets and use something like the thin ended tent poles.
Those self tappers are surprisingly effective

M


What about a bucket upsdie down on a stick to hold up the tarp ?
Toddy

Depends on the bucket
We found that one with a rim managed to rub a neat circle into the tarp. The fibres were rubbing bare when we took it down. We think it rocked enough as the wind moved the tarp to create just enough friction/pressure on the edges of the rim.

M
Mo

Good advice - I shall try the brush, thanks  
Dave C

I have a carpet tile under mine  
Mo

Oooh! Just so happens I have stashes of carpet offcuts that 'might come in useful one day'  
Dave C

How many things do we keep to come in handy one day  


Well mo, today's the day  
Toddy

Dave C wrote:
I have a carpet tile under mine  


Oh good idea. I'll mind that one

M
Mo

Dave C wrote:
How many things do we keep to come in handy one day  


Well mo, today's the day  


Haha!

All I know is, if I throw something away, within a week I'll be needing it  
Dave C

That's what I keep telling Mrs C  

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