For the sake of economy, it is best to employ match-lining on the other parts of the house, using say 3 lengths of 16 ft. each at Id. per ft. run. Match-lining should be nailed round 3 sides of tier a, as shown in Fig. 608. A door 15 in. wide is made by battening the wood together, with the planed surface outwards; it can be hung to the upright by means of 6-in. garnet hinges, at 3d. per pair. To divide the breeding place from the run, a few pieces of board nailed together, having pigeon-holes cut therein, may be kept in position by means of a slide at top and bottom; it will also be necessary to board in that portion of tier b at the side and back. Tiers a b are under control by the addition of the door at one end; measuring 3 ft. in height and 2 ft. in breadth, it answers for closing in the ends of both tiers, one large door being more convenient and practicable than 2 small ones. This door is a light frame, constructed on the same model as that which is given for the frame in Fig. 609; but the quartering used is only 1 in. sq., the price being 2 1/2d. per length of 12 ft. - of which one will be just enough. It may be attached either by hinges or with latches; the latter permit of the door being unhooked and carried out of the way.

To complete the pigeon part of the house, wirework is wanted to enclose the vacant spaces. A mesh of 1 1/2 in. will do, taking 2 yd., 2 ft. wide, and 4 yd., 1 ft. wide.

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On tier c, all that needs attention is the fitting of a skirting to cover in that portion not already roofed, by the 2 boxes shown. Such boxes (old brandy cases) which are thoroughly well made, and measure 20 by 18 in. may be bought of a grocer for say id. a piece. The skirting consists of the match-lining already obtained.

Tier d is all the better if made draught free, and for the sake of warmth, match-lining may give place to stouter planks, unplaned, with which board in on 2 sides, one end, and the back permanently. The flap, or front is of like material, one board in width, and hung by garnet or T-hingcs to the brace, or joist above. The structure is skirted with planks, screwed to the 4 uprights. At one extremity, the smaller flap e, drawn partly open in Fig. 60S, is hung in a similar manner, but as it is now and then required to be thrown right up, it is made of match-lining, as less weighty. It has already been explained that under the flaps wirework (1-in. mesh) is stretched in the front as a permanency, and at the end in the form of a swing door. Fig. 613 indicates a mode which answers to confine hen and chickens, or hen alone, at will, according to the angle at which the door is raised and suspended by a stay-hook.

Below is a detailed account of expenditure for materials; by working with screws instead of nails throughout, every part may be rendered easily detachable and capable of being packed away in small compass, either for removal when changing residence, or storage during the winter months.

Cost of Materials.

s.

d.

5 12-ft. lengths quartering, 1 1/2 in. square, at 5d...........

2

1

2 " " 3/4 -in. stuff, by 2 in., at 5d. ..

0

10

3 16-ft. ,, 3/4-in. match-lining, 6 in. wide, at 1d. per ft. run

4

0

1 12-ft. „ 1-in. quartering, at 2 1/2d. ..

0

3

1 „ „ 1-in. planking, 11 in., at 1s.

1

0

2 old brandy cases, 20 by 18 in., at id. ..

0

8

3 pair 6-in. garnet hinges, at 3d. ..

0

9

Nails and screws, catches, say

1

5

2 yd. wirework, l 1/2-in. mesh, 2 ft. wide, at 4(2. ..

0

8

4 „ „ „ „ 1 ft. wide, at 2d. ..

0

8

2 „ „ 1-in. mesh, 1 ft. wide, at 4d. ..

0

8

Paint (3 coats)

1

0

14

0