We enjoy woodworking and other crafts – and the hens appreciate our efforts!
We built our first coop in 2014 and since then have built 4 more, using different styles and adapting the sizes for different groups of hens including an ark-style and a broody coop for Ruby and her chicks. We’ve learned a lot over the years and our last project was to convert a wooden shed into a hen house, adding ventilation, replacing the felt roof with a metal version, replacing the solid door with weldmesh and adding a robust frame and wheels for easy transport.
With a larger group of hens everyday objects take on a new role with the need for larger feeders and simpler ways to manage the hens. Plastic guttering makes a great feeder that will allow a lot of beaks to peck away and mini joist hangers are the perfect size to hold a timber perch, and both are easily removed for easy cleaning.
Our next project is to make a shepherds hut style coop using a caravan chassis as the base – there’ll be room for a lot of hens!