High Country Hen House

By Lyrika, May 6, 2014 | | |
  1. Lyrika
    There was a lot of discussion about what to do with our new hen house. My dad wanted a look that was based off the huts used by stockmen in the Victorian high country. He is a carpenter by trade and wanted to use the hen house as a chance to experiment with techniques he wants to use building our own house (chooks come first!)

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    As much recycled material has been used as possible. The outside is clad in rusty old iron, and old hardwood has been used for the door and the deck.

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    The door at the front is just for people to enter - the chooks exit from the side, directly onto the hill. At the moment we're just using a wooden ramp while they're getting the hang of it, but eventually it won't be a ramp - it'll be a enclosed ladder-type structure, and the chooks will have to jump from rung to rung. The base of the ladder won't actually touch the ground - the chooks will have to jump/flutter from the ground. It's designed to be predator-proof - our two serious predator concerns were foxes and goannas.

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    These are the perches. There are two banks, each with 4 x 1metre long perches. Each bank is hinged to the wall so the entire bank lifts up and can be hooked to the roof, making it easy to clean underneath.

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    The suspended feeder and one of the bank of nest boxes. There are 8 boxes in total. The girls have been having a wonderful time kicking all the newspaper around. The boxes are accessible from the outside.

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    The internal storage area. It's just a little cupboard inside the house where I can store feed and tools. It's also big enough that I'll be able to run my incubator in here once we have the power done.

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    Another shot of the outside. You can just see another feeder and waterer hanging underneath.

    It's currently housing 36 chooks. There's still a few things to be done obviously but so far it's working really well, and the chickens love it.

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  1. lwiese58
    Y'all should be proud.
  2. Nutcase
    That is adorable! The ladder trick will be something to remember.
  3. Mountain Peeps
    Ooh! I absolutely love it!
  4. highcountrybell
    sooo cute! i love it
  5. EastTXChickens
    Wower! The carpenter put his skills to good use. Hire a carpenter today (bro is carpenter ;-)

    It's interesting predators can be held back by having the treads on the ladder far apart.
  6. CrazyChookLady5
    i love this!!

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