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Spitting feathers!


Patrick - chillin'

It didn't take long for the roof to go on. We opted for composite roofing sheets, as they simply lapped over one another and were fastened directly on to the trusses. Didn't need to worry about insulating the ceilings either, as the insulation was integral to each roofing sheet. Couldn't be easier. As soon as the roof was finished, Distinction Windows (Clydach) turned up to install the windows and doors. We've used them before, and they always do a good job. We weren't disappointed this time either. Big thanks to Wayne, Kev and the team.

Windows & doors installed

Next step was to begin the larch cladding. We decided if the processing unit was going to be situated at the front of the house - it needed to look pretty. So we contacted Atheston Forestry & Firewood in Narberth, Pembrokeshire and took delivery of a bunch of waney edge planked timber. The plan was to cover the outside walls with insulation, before cladding the building with wood.

Peafowl sitting in their favourite Sycamore tree - keeping a close on eye on the build

During the initial stages of the build our tree-dwelling friends kept out the way. Peafowl don't like lots of noise. However, it was pretty difficult knocking down walls and dismantling the roof without making lots of it at this stage... so they decided to keep an eye on us from the safety of the trees. We made a start on insulating the outside of the walls - to keep the heat out. As this was going to be our butchery we wanted to make sure the internal working temperature of the unit remained as cold as possible.

Just started the Larch Cladding. Three panels high made it peacock safe

Once the insulation boards were pinned to the outside walls, we disappeared for a well-earned break. However, as soon as our backs were turned, the peacocks descended from the trees for a feast. For some reason peafowl love eating insulation panels.... and it's really bad for them. They end up with a gizzard full of the stuff and it can be fatal.


After the break, we discovered a trail of insulation crumbs and several holes pecked in the insulation panels. So, after chasing the peafowl off, it was all-hands-on-deck to get the lower sections of cladding fastened in place to prevent the peacocks from doing any more damage to the insulation and themselves - life saver!

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