There are some pretty elaborate "hen houses" out there on the Internet (complete with mood lighting, restrooms, skylights, and snack bars - or so it seems, lol), and while mine could have been "better", I'm still quite proud of it! I thought some of you might like to see it!
Since I'm working on a fixed income, I had to keep the cost as low as possible. Please keep in mind that the only tools I had for this project were a hammer, a circular saw, a tape measure and a screwdriver...oh, yeah, and my "brain" with it's limited understanding of construction. ;)
The idea was to create a portable, low maintenance unit, for up to 6 hens, that could easily be moved from one place to another around the property. What I've constructed (and I use that term "loosely"), however, is a
With your truck.
The First Day...first steps of framing: I spent more time sitting and staring at the wood than actually "touching it"...trying to mentally "work out" how I was going to pull this off. I wanted to utilize the standard board widths and lengths to avoid as little scrap as possible, so the 2'x4' "coop" with attached 1'x4' nest box will be suspended over a run of 4'x8'. Doesn't look like much here...this is after the sides are built and stacked up to cover in case of rain that night.
The Second Day: With the help of my youngest son, we stood the sides up and started "putting it together". I highly doubt anyone could do this part without someone to help "hold stuff". Thanks, son! He also put up with my frustration and took orders like a champ (well, mostly) while cutting boards to my specifications. The roll of wire shown below is the green, vinyl-coated fencing - I got the 50' roll, 36" high, for $32. Chicken wire bends/breaks easily and rusts out really quickly. Not a good choice (for pretty much anything).
Day Four - beginning of nest boxes, roof and some paint: Before adding anything more, I
Inspired by her Native American roots and Bradbury lineage, Polly Taskey is a writer and grandmother in the northern USA. She shares her wisdom and pagan interests through Pagan by Design and The Moonlit Grove.