- You should plan on spending at least an hour with your shed in our yards before loading it up for home so it has some time to acclimate to you, bring the whole family if possible. We recommend having a flat trailer for transport – the sheds do not take well to being tipped on their sides for any amount of time. Please have straps, not ropes, for tie down. If the transit will be longer than an hour, we suggest finding places to pause along the way and sit with your shed for a few minutes. Unstrap your shed and move it to the yard immediately upon arriving home.
- The yard area the shed will be installed in should be three times larger than the eventual full-grown size of the shed. Please do fence off this area – it doesn’t need to be very sturdy, but it does need to be enclosed or your shed may wander off to the neighbors. Make sure that nothing stationary or breakable is left inside the fencing, your shed will roam until it finds its favorite spot to build a foundation (typically at about two months) and cannot be blamed for stomping things left in its area.
- You should visit your shed for at least 30 minutes every day. You don’t need to talk to it, we know some folks feel awkward about that, though we do suggest giving it a name and at least saying hello and goodbye. Try sweeping the floor, or opening and closing all the windows, or even just sitting inside with a book to read. You do need to socialize your shed if you want it to grow into its best self.
- Once the shed has had a few days to explore its new area, begin introducing it to at least a few of the animals who will be tenanting inside; sheds will adapt both in size and structure to the living things it meets. Take this process slowly – if you put every animal you plan on keeping in the full-grown shed in the yard all at once your shed may try to go straight from juvenile to adult and that strain will damage it. Make an appointment to talk with Sharon our acclimation specialist and bring with you a list of what you intend to store/live in the full-grown shed and she will be able to help you create an introduction plan to set you on the road to success.
- Praise your shed exuberantly. Juvenile sheds do not respond well to any kind of punishment but once it knows what makes you happy it will remember and repeat those actions.
- Care for your shed as you would any non-sentient outbuilding. It should be kept clean, free of rot and mold, and painted annually. Your shed will mostly take care of itself, though if you have old shipping pallets, leave them leaning against the shed. We're not certain what happens either, but the pallets will disappear in a few days. Because the sheds have been bred to be interested in life you will need to keep an eye out for nuisance animals like rats or pigeons. Do not under any circumstances kill an animal in the shed or put out poison inside. You can use traps, but the best way to prevent unwanted animals from moving in is to block up however they’re getting inside.
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