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12 years 10 months ago #27723 by powai
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Just starting out ...finding it difficult to buy a chicken house for 10 hens at the right price! Also looking to buy Rhode Island Red, Barred Plymouth Rock, Silver Laced Wyandotte and orpington Blue or Black. Any suggestons please
signed :confused:Powai

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12 years 10 months ago #381030 by Lindeggs
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For 10 hens I suggest you would be better either building it yourself or buying a generic shed and converting it yourself. If you bought a shed basically all you would need to do is add roosting bars and nest boxes (and storage for supplies if you want to).

A lot of the housing you see advertised seems to be very flimsy and/or they over-estimate how many chickens can fit in it.

I bought a second-hand bus shelter. The frame is steel (so very strong but also very heavy), the roof and back are corrugated steel, and the two sides are painted ply. I made the front out of reclaimed bits & pieces off Freecycle. The floor is just compacted earth covered in a thick layer of fallen leaves. Cheap as chips and would easily fit 10 hens (I have six).

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12 years 10 months ago #381037 by stephclark
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love it.. converted bus shelter :) .. mine is a play house, my chooks have an east facing picture window and north facing aluminium windows..

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12 years 10 months ago #381040 by Lindeggs
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If you're concerned about appearances I recommend building one of these...

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12 years 10 months ago #381055 by stephclark
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Lindeggs;374219 wrote: If you're concerned about appearances I recommend building one of these...


whaho.. thats Chook Hilton... one would have to house train the chooks so they didnt mess up the inside ( carpetted no doubt )

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12 years 10 months ago #381057 by Stikkibeek
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OH built mine and it has a full door, a pop-hole roosting rail, outrigger nest boxes to leave room on the inside, an eastern opening window and eve vents. All recycled timber, with wooden floor, but we got flash and matched it to our shed! It is also on runners so if we need to move it, we can
It's 8'x4' more or less and easily sleeps 12 hens.

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Did you know, that what you thought I said, was not what I meant :S

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12 years 10 months ago #381260 by powai
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Wow, thanks for all those replies. Seems we need to 'think outisde the square'! [;)]

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12 years 10 months ago #381281 by stephclark
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yip thats the best bit of being on a lifestyle block.. one gets to collect alsorts of stuff, cause it can always be used to make something..many a useful shed/run/chook house has been made out of odds and sodds..
the best one i heard here was using flattened tin cans to repair holes in floors,walls and roofs.. brilliant

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