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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

Barbie's garden Design Do it yourself Gardening Home page features Miscellaneous

The Great Hen House Build

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 🙂

[one_half]The big start![/one_half]

[one_half_last]All measured and ready for drilling[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Preparing the sides[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Assembled and sanding[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Grinding the windows straight[/one_half]

[one_half_last]View of sides-big hey?[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Me inside with “the girls”[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Starting to look like a home[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Painting of primer coat-whew![/one_half]

[one_half_last]Assembling on site the next day[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Painting the interior with Wall n All[/one_half]

[one_half_last]First coat done![/one_half_last]

[one_half]Now the outside! A bright red![/one_half]

[one_half_last]First coat done! Nearly there![/one_half_last]

[one_half]Waiting patiently![/one_half]

[one_half_last]Now for the windows[/one_half_last]

[one_half]This one large enough for me to clean inside[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Ta da! Love the final outcome![/one_half_last]

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!

[one_half]Droppers just stuck in the ground[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The girls seem quite happy here[/one_half_last]




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