By request, I am posting images of my chicken’s home. It is still a work in progress. The aviary, made with materials that happened to be on hand, provides protection to my chickens, but it isn’t exactly pretty. I took down an ugly chain-link fence from my front yard and repurposed it. I bent metal conduit and bolted it into existing posts for a chain link fence to make a frame for a “roof”. Then I attached a rope to the chain-link fencing and pulled it over the frame. With time climbing plants will hopefully provide shade and render the monstrosity less ugly with time.
I don’t know what for sure will survive summer Santa Ana winds and hard frosts, so I hedged my bets with several different climbing plants to provide shade and cover for my birds. So far I planted the yellow rose (Lady Banks?), a Cecile Brunner rose , a yellow and orange climbing rose, a pink alkaline rose, wisteria, and two grape vines around the fencing. To date, the yellow rose is growing the fastest and provides the most cover. I severely pruned back the Cecile Brunner rose last January to paint and weave branches into the chain link fence. So far I planted a very small bay laurel inside the aviary. It was burned almost to the ground by frost last winter. For now, I surrounded it with bricks to protect what is left from frost and digging chickens.
Included in the Aviary is a compost pile. Compost is thrown at the fence. Second stage compost passes through. First Stage compost and large second stage stay in the compost pile.