it happened once before so i always worry about it happening again (lost sleep the last time it stormed) and today the roof finally blew off. luckily it was not raining so the hens went on about their business and even left me more eggs than i’ve ever collected in one day.
i had neglected to check on them for most of the day because i had other things going on. i looked outside around 3 pm and saw the roof was gone. i had used a staple gun to put sheets of metal siding on the top….. flimsy staples that were really not the most brilliant idea but they had held on for a good while (almost a year with only one other incident). since i was aware the weather was going to get wet in the next few days i HAD to fix it ASAP.
after picking up the kids i got started. i do not have a cordless drill so i had to work attached to a long extension cord. i also don’t have a ladder so i stood on a storage crate. luckily i had snagged some wood from a neighbor who had replaced some boards on his fence and i used those to make a better roof platform. i SCREWED the metal sheets into the wood so they will not fly off in the wind anymore. it wasn’t fun trying to hold them down by myself with the wind blowing at 30+ mph gusts!! i got it all fixed up in an hour and i feel confident it will not blow away in the next storm.
(and i still need to paint the coop!!!)