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The hens in our backyard have a chicken run that has a nesting box, floor space and perches. They’ve had it for about four years.
When we first got it there were three hens. Some hens didn’t stay long and one is now onto her fifth year. Of course I don’t have a photo of the before.
Hens have addictive qualities. This leads to multiplication. Three has become seven.
Their home has had a few temporary mr fixit style additions to allow for this but we’ve long had the ambition to create a palace that is more effective.
This process has now taken place.
Originally the extention we added consisted of an extension in the back and off into a perpendicular further run.
In order to improve things we wanted to turn this extra run into a tunnel under our pot plants alongside the main hen house instead off off to the left.
Meanwhile rather than the make-shift expansion to join the two, we wanted to raise the whole old hen house and add another level. This would give them two extra platforms.
We had a couple of other aims to avoid additional costs and to recycle existing resources.
So this is what we did.
We wanted to avoid more expensive longer wood prices so he joined two pieces to make each length.
Then he added the plank you can see so that we can clean out more easily. That has some hinges.
We moved the old hen house out of the way. Then we added a raised brick base. Our yard can get damp so we want the hens to be above the original ground level. We already did this in the main house. The bricks came from a friends neighbour.
We fenced in with chicken wire salvaged from a skip for free.
The roof to the left on the new section is old wood we already had.
We added the platforms over the new raised lower areas.
While the frame base was being constructed I worked on the relocation of the extension cage.
After moving the plants, I bricked the base repaired the run and added a roof and a tarp as a cover.
The plants were replaced.
The pits in front will be sown with chicken treat plants in spring.
The main house and the extention now needed a connecting section.
The challenge was to find a way to join the two area behind our water butt. This section isn’t very accessible. But the water butt is in an unavoidable spot.
We debated solutions
Making a chicken wireframe might work or might be hard to fit. A tube or pipe solution seemed most appropriate. In the shed there were two empty white 20 litre canisters. We took off the top and bottom or each with a jig saw and then riveted them together.
These were made of scrap wood.
Have you built solutions to challenges you face with your hens or other projects?
What problems did you overcome?
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