Hen House

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In 2013 I wrote this post about a chicken coop we had bought.  While it has been quite successful it has succumbed to the weather over time.

Once we had completed the run we decided that we would really prefer to have a hen house that we could access by walking in to it.

There had been much discussion about how we would make this a reality so last weekend we set to work with our salvaged and recycled materials from the old hen house and other projects.

We worked flat out for 2 days and there was no time for taking photos so there is no record of it under construction.

Here is the finished structure.

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There will be covered garden beds around 2 sides.  I plan to grow greens for the chickens to graze on but have it covered so that they can only nibble them once they grow big enough that they are through the wire.

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This is the view from the vegie garden.  It is not open to the garden although that is the effect in the photo.  There is chicken wire on the front side of the hen house.  We are considering adding a roll-down clear vinyl blind to use in very wet weather.  There are a couple of old ones which we do not use that are still on the verandah.

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The interior with water and feed dispensers as well as a nesting box which we salvaged from the old coop.

There are still a few minor enhancements that we will make but the major part of the project is complete and the chickens seem very happy with their new home.

 

3 thoughts on “Hen House

    • 4 have 4 chickens at the moment which is our preference although it can fluctuate from 3 – 6. We have had chickens virtually ever since we moved here 10 years ago.

  1. I’m working on our hen house and run plan at the moment. We had a small movable one earlier in the year and let the three out most of the day to free range. We now have 2 dogs, one of which is a greyhound so they need there own safe space.
    Just have to keep hunting for recycled materials to use.

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