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Hen House update

Well, the final touches have been done and voila – the Girls have a fully “furnished” 5 star abode! We still need to add a perch and zoomy up the laying stations, but all in all I am sure not one of them will complain. We have 3 happy hens! The Great Hen House Build was posted earlier – (link here to see)

[one_half]Getting the room ready[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Have an ABS plastic base for easy cleaning[/one_half_last]

[one_half]The Head Hen comes for first inspection[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Her OK is crucial! Like it Buffy?[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Hmmm…you missed a spot! Points deducted![/one_half]

[one_half_last]All of the girls inspecting now. Must impress[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Having a site meeting, I’m nervous[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Just a few adjustments as per request[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Right – the gang has arrived for final appraisal[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Oops! forgot the roof adjustments[/one_half_last]

[one_half]There – the roof is on![/one_half]

[one_half_last]OK – ready for the final final inspection![/one_half_last]

[one_half]Hmm.. just testing the bedding! Yes! It’s GREAT![/one_half]

[one_half_last]View from the back[/one_half_last]




We have approval and a 5 Star rating!!

[one_half]Fixed the fencing towards the veggie patch[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Ta…Da…..!!! A job well done![/one_half_last]

I hope you enjoyed the Hen House Build!! We also had a blast!!!

Happy Gardening xxxxx

Design Miscellaneous

The Nogg Urban Chicken Coop

I just stumbled across this Urban Chicken Coop by Nogg and thought you might like this. If I was going to have chickens (would love to, but Dexter & Hercules … well, you know!) I would so get me one of these for them to live in. How cool and stylish is this?? The blurb goes … A stylish & sculptural piece of garden furniture with breakfast thrown in!

Here is a review I found about it …. “The prefabricated chicken coop from British designers Matthew Hayward and Nadia Turan offers an alternative to the traditional chicken houses of yesteryear. Dubbed The Nogg, the egg shaped chicken coop appears to focus on aesthetics over long-term functionality and practicality. Any chicken farmer, urban or otherwise, knows that the key to chicken health is a well-ventilated spacious coop that is easy to keep clean. The Nogg is constructed from locally sourced cedar and features a glass top for sunlight and ventilation“.

I think its ├╝ber-cool, but it might not be the best thing for the chickens it seems …


Door open – Nogg Coop

Nogg Chicken Coop[/one_half]


Door closed – Nogg Coop

Nogg Chicken Coop[/one_half_last]

Barbie's garden

Still in the beginning …

I found the old photos of the garden when we first bought the house in 2005. I cringe when I look at what we fell in love with! When I would dream of my ideal home I used to say to Kristen, my daughter, I want to have a farm with lots of chickens ……Check out the chicken coop. Got rid of that pronto.

The garden was full of higgledy-piggledy plants and flowers. There was no structure and the veggie patch was stuck in the far corner and no one could access it because it was so over gown – and full of snails! Yuck! But the love was there – the chickens were fat and the plants were lush and green.

Barbie's back garden with the old chicken coop.