The much anticipated and prepared for Hen House and Chicken Run happened this holiday!! I so wanted to make a real Hen House for “the girls” because the reclaimed area has left them with no real home of their own – just a makeshift place that was only meant to be temporary. I was lucky to have the help of my many-talented hubby – the one with the real skill – and the time to build it during the holidays!! So all the photos with me in it – don’t be fooled! I am just the rookie! But nevertheless, I did pull my weight – I drilled and hammered and sanded and painted and lugged and assembled ….whew! This was a really big project. I’m exhausted!! I guess you can see by the photos :-)

The big start!

All measured and ready for drilling

Preparing the sides

Assembled and sanding

Grinding the windows straight

View of sides-big hey?

Me inside with “the girls”

Starting to look like a home

Painting of primer coat-whew!

Assembling on site the next day

Painting the interior with Wall n All

First coat done!

Now the outside! A bright red!

First coat done! Nearly there!

Waiting patiently!

Now for the windows

This one large enough for me to clean inside

Ta da! Love the final outcome!

This is the Chicken Run fence …

I decided to keep to the rustic look and “plant” dropper poles as fencing rather than build a chicken wire fence. The new area is right in the back corner of the back garden – part of the Meadow area. The chickens like it here and there is plenty of shade and stuff to scratch!

Droppers just stuck in the ground

The girls seem quite happy here

I am so happy now that this can be crossed off my New Year’s “To Do” list!! We just have to get the area spic and span and the house kitted out with feeder and watering hole and the bedding. Maybe a picture or two on the inside walls :-)

Do you have a New Year project? Please share it!

Happy DIY-ing xxxxx