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@Calli



Joined: 03 Jul 2005
Posts: 1682
Location: Galway
PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 05 11:54 am    Post subject: Hen House Design?  Reply with quote    

We live in wild and windy Galway, we would like advice on the best design for housing upto a dozen chickens. DIY disasters our speciality! No hen houses in MFI

Please help! From the worried wife.....

judith



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
Posts: 22789
Location: Montgomeryshire
PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 05 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hello and welcome to the site.

For up to a dozen chooks, have you thought about buying a small garden shed and modifying that?
Then all you would HAVE to do would be to fit a perch inside and provide a few cardboard boxes as nestboxes. If you were feeling brave, you could then provide a pophole in the side, but opening the door for them would do just as well.

monkey1973



Joined: 17 Jan 2005
Posts: 683
Location: Bonnie scotland
PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 05 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Judith wrote:
Hello and welcome to the site.

For up to a dozen chooks, have you thought about buying a small garden shed and modifying that?
Then all you would HAVE to do would be to fit a perch inside and provide a few cardboard boxes as nestboxes. If you were feeling brave, you could then provide a pophole in the side, but opening the door for them would do just as well.


That's exactly what I did. I ordered a 7' x 5' shed from a local supplier with a window and a pophole built in. I then bolted on three nestboxes to the side, cut vents along the top and installed a bunch of perches inside. It probably has capacity for 30 birds or so as my six all huddle a long the smallest perch which spans one of the corners and is only about 3 feet long!!! The remaining floor space is useful for keeping sawdust bales without restricting the space for the chooks.

We 'mounted' the shed on breeze block piers the lift it about 1.5 foot off the ground to give them shelter and to deter the dreaded longtails.

If I remember I'll take a few snaps and post them to maybe give you some inspiration.

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