|The Floor going in with Tom Dog supervising. Mr K is digging the post holes for the yard|
The foxes are pretty bad around here, neighbours on either side of us said they didn't keep chooks because of this. This worried me, but I figured we could build a substantial chook house that would thwart the smartest of foxes.
|The frame going up. Built from the old fence posts that we pulled out - solid, old jarrah|
Dad and Mum came up to stay and this was to be our weekend project. Except it took a whole week, plus another few days to make the yard. Built up on stumps, it has a solid floor, jarrah stud frame, and clad in (brand new) weatherboard. The weatherboard extravagance was born from two needs - one was aesthetics, we can see the hen house from the house and all the outdoor sitting areas and two, this was the lining we were considering for the house extensions and we could have a trial run and see if we like it. I think we do!
|Weatherboard cladding and a half painted door|
The roof matches Mr K's shed, the doors were from a salvage yard and modified by Dad to have some ventilation. Its roomy and comfortable for some very spoilt hens.
|The potting shed was built at the same time to match, the little window is in the girls pen|
The yard is pine poles with two layers of wire. One had been dug down into the ground with a trench lined in wire too. Then a second layer of chook wire that goes up to the top of the poles. We have also put a wire roof over the yard to stop the crows and maggies getting in.
|The yard ... we captured a little dog!|
Next installment, I will recount the turmoil of the girls moving house and having their country sisters come to live with them. All was not well in the hen house!