City Biddy Hen House

By BYC Support, Jan 11, 2012 | |
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    The City Biddy Hen House Plans
    It all started because my son had a pet hen that lived under our porch in
    a dog house. When I was a child I had bantams, so when my son wanted to
    keep a chicken for a pet I thought it was a fun idea. Soon the little
    neighbor girl met "Missy the Hen" when she came over to play, and fell in
    love with her Ameraucana charms. She began hounding her father for
    chickens of her own. He thought he had won the battle... then years
    later he came to my door for some ideas on finishing a chicken house for
    his daughter (now grown and in her own house). He had designed a
    wonderful basic plan and after I added several ideas gleaned from my years
    of experience with raising and showing chickens... the design was
    awesome! It made me have to have one of my own! So, I bought additional
    materials and he helped me build one for my house!

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    This design is GREAT!
    * It will house 3 standard or 4 bantam size chickens. This makes it
    wonderful choice for the backyarder, the homesteader, or even a real
    fancier that needs housing for show birds or a breeding trio. Used with a
    pen of your choice attached, it will provide security, shelter, plenty of
    fresh air, sunshine, and exercise for your birds.
    * The City Biddy Hen House can be built on wheels to make it mobile. It
    is easily moved from place to place by one person. With the right kind of
    pen attached, it can be used like a chicken tractor.
    * It is adorable. The flexible design allows the builder to customize it
    to suit their own tastes and fancies. This makes it a backyard success!
    Who wouldn't like this little doll house in their neighbors yard? By
    housing hens only, chickens are quiet and very easy to fit in a
    neighborhood setting.
    * This little house is very secure. With the proper pen attached chickens
    can be safely housed without fear that a neighbor's dogs or predators will
    harm your chickens.

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    * The health and happiness of your hens was considered as well. Good
    ventilation, adequate roosting space, cozy nest boxes, and rodent
    resistance all make this design a winner. The size and design makes the
    hen house comfortable in all weather. My hens have thrived here in
    Missouri and we can have days over 100 degrees in the summer as well as
    below zero in the winter. An adjustable window shutter allows you to
    control temperatures in the house easily, without compromising
    ventilation.
    * Best of all is the convenience! The City Biddy Hen House design allows
    you to do all of your chores without ever entering the chicken's pen.
    Exterior nesting boxes make egg gathering easy and while gathering your
    eggs the feeder is easy to view to check feed levels. If you need to fill
    the feeders a large side door makes access to the inside of the coop easy.
    You simply reach inside and swing the hanging feeder out to fill. A
    waterer can be mounted near the door inside and a larger water fount can
    be kept in the pen outside. By keeping the pen short and providing a top
    panel that opens you can fill the water fount by simply opening the top
    and reaching in. Clean up is a snap. Since the footprint is small, 3
    foot by 3 foot, you can simply reach in with a broom and dustpan ...from
    outside the house ...and sweep it out. Since cleaning is so easy, you do
    it more often, which eliminates fly problems and pleases the neighbors.

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    * Building this design is easy! Since it is small it takes very few
    materials to build and this means less money. The plans are drawn up so
    many of the major cuts on the large 4 x 8 sheets of siding and plywood,
    which are used, can be made at the lumberyard or home center. Most of
    these places will make a few cuts for free or at a low cost. By doing
    this you not only get to take advantage of the home centers panel cutter,
    which makes building the project safer, you also have smaller pieces to
    transport home. The original City Biddy Hen House was actually built in
    sections, then transported over 100 miles in a car to where it was finally
    set up. Using reclaimed wood can make the hen house even less expensive
    to build. If you look carefully at the pictures, you can see some of the
    boards that I used were scrounged.

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    As you can tell I LOVE this little hen house design and am going to share
    it with the WORLD! I now have a plan book for sale. This book is 35
    pages of professionally drawn detailed plans, color photos and even
    chicken tips. If you are interested contact me at

    [email protected]. I am in the process of setting up a website as
    well at UBuilderPlans.com. Stop by and check it out. I will be happy to
    answer any questions and will be providing support to anyone interested in
    building a City Biddy Hen House of their very own.


    Thanks for Checking Us Out!
    Sheryl and the City Biddy Hens

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