Posts Tagged ‘hen house’

CLEANING OUT HEN-HOUSE – 4th wk in May 2015

Maybe cleaning out a hen-house is not everybody’s idea of fun. Call me ‘sad’, but I find the chore satisfying, especially as constructing the structure took me longer than anticipated, but that is another story.

One key consideration in designing the hen-house was that it should be easy to clean, with the whole front lifting off and ladders and perches being removable so as to have no obstacles in the way of the brush.

The cleaning kit includes:

1. Wheelbarrow for removing soiled paper, straw and droppings to the compost heap.

2. Wallpaper scraper to remove droppings from perches and ladders.

3. Yard brush to sweep out loose straw and any loose dirt.

4. Old newspapers and fresh straw.

Another aid to an easy cleaning routine is a removable old lino base on the floor of the hen-house. This pulls out with the soiled paper and straw when cleaning is required. I reckon cleaning should be weekly, for the health of the hens and to keep the whole operation relatively inoffensive to the nostrils, especially when hen loving visitors often DSC07141call around!

 

HEN HOUSE TIED DOWN IN ADVANCE OF WINTER STORMS – 2nd wk in October 2014

The storms of last winter were a terrifying wake up call demonstrating the destructive power of the windiest weather on record in south Wexford. We needed to try designing a climate-change proof hen house, if such a thing is possible!

Hens are by nature tree roosters, so perches are needed, which means the hen-house has to have some height. This could be bad news on a windy site.

Three aspects of our new hen house are designed to ensure it is stable in a storm:

1. The legs are splayed, not unlike the Eiffel Tower in Paris, on a smaller scale of course!

2. The legs are screwed to wooden fence posts driven 1 metre down into the ground.

3. Each corner is held in position by a guy rope tightly tied to anchor posts and metal hooks in the wall of the old piggery, on the boundary of the hen run.

The hens are due to take up residence

The hens will roost in the 'attic' of this hen house. The nest box is just visible at the back facing the old piggery wall.

The hens will roost in the ‘attic’ of this hen house. The nest box is just visible at the back facing the old piggery wall.

in the new year. Having our own organic eggs will make all this work and weather proofing worthwhile, hopefully!