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The Greenhouse Hen House Combo - The Permaculture Holy Grail

  1. new chick 203
    The Greenhouse Hen House Combo - The Permaculture Holy Grail


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    I am building a new coop, but not your ordinary coop. This is going to be a combination Greenhouse and Henhouse.
    The south side of the structure will be designed to collect as much sun as possible and function as the greenhouse. The north side will house the hens. Positioning the whole thing under a deciduous tree will allow maximum light in Fall, Winter and Spring when you are using the greenhouse, while providing shade during the Summer. The chickens will help regulate the night time temperature in the building. The ventilation between the spaces will benefit both plants and birds in the exchange of CO2 and fresh O. Also, having a compost tumbler in the greenhouse will make cleaning up a breeze and generate heat for the structure. It all sounds great - in theory. The idea is not a new one, but the more research I do the more I think that many people have written about it but few have built one.


    I'm in the design and getting approval from town stage. I'll update further progress.

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  1. new chick 203
    Wow, you don't let the grass grow under your feet!
  2. pellepeterson
    I have started my project and so far it is a success! I have pics posted on my coop link http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/newestpost/753742 Please let me know what you think so far. I plan on trying to collect the rainwater for both plants and animals, just have to find a way to plump it in and keep it from freezing. I am only two days into the build in the pics that you can see and look forward to hearing some design input. We are new to chickens and the greenhouse only made sense while I was building. I will be interested to see how the PVC roofing holds up in Maine, we are actually in the midst of a late season snow storm right now...I expect it to all be ok but will keep you posted!
  3. new chick 203
    Go right ahead! I'm gathering materials and then I have to get the design approved by town so I may not get it built right away, but I promise to keep you posted on this. If it doesn't work as well as I hope that is something for people to learn from too.
  4. pellepeterson
    I.....WANT......TO......DO.....THIS! I have been toying with the idea, mumma wants a greenhouse, I want a coop, yard space is limited...yeah...do you mind if I borrow some ideas? We are up in Maine and this would make soooo much sense!! Thank you!!!

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