The Silkie Chalet
After purchasing a few Silkies, I decided they needed a place of their own. They were getting along with the Standards, but the Standard Roo was a little big to be dancing with the little Silkie Hens. And of course since they are getting ther own house, build it bigger for a few more. I am going to add 1 or 2 bantams cochins to the group. The Silkie Chalet is mostly made from Free or throw away materials.
The Front The Right Side (Window and Ventilation)
- 3 ft. high at the tallest point
- 39 inches wide
- 4 ft. long
- The base is a Wood Pallet (Free from local Ace Hardware Store)
- The roof and walls are all studed out with 2X3 16 inches on center (Purchased)
- The interior walls are made of plywood (Free from construction site)
- The exterior walls are made of T1-11 (Purhcased) Front Wood Pallet Slats (Free)
- The Roof plywood (Free from construction site) Shingles left over from house roof
- The roof and all walls are insulated with R13 insulation (Purchased)
- Windows made from Plexiglass (Free from local Ace Hardware Store)
- Floor is covered with vinyl flooring for easy cleaning (Free from flooring company)
- 2 nest boxes (1 Plactic Kitty Liter tub, 1 from wood scraps)
- Inside 4 ft of perch (2 inche side up)
- 1 Chicken Entrance
- 1 Human Entrances for cleaning and feeding
- On the Right End, there is screen near the roof for ventilation
The Left Side (Chicken Entrance & Window) The Back
February 9, 2008 - It is outside and in place with its occupants. They are allowed out to free range when I am home. I will be adding a run with cover soon.
Helpful Hints to you - If you are thinking about building a chicken house, read through BYC I got a lot of ideas and gotchas to avoid by reading BYC. Don't be ashamed to go Dumpster diving. You can get a lot for free.