So here I am, building a chicken house once again as part of this winter's preparation for next spring's return to urban homesteading. The old henhouse, a recycled doghouse on a frame with a nest box, was big enough for 3 hens maximum. It tended to leak and the nest box would get wet. Since I have chickens and not ducks... this just wasn't ideal. An upgrade is definitely in order.
|View from the Back.|
Other improvements will be putting corrugated roofing under the deck so it won't get wet and muddy in the pen. Rainwater will be collected by a gutter and can be used for plants or animals. A board will be added along the bottom edges to stabilize the wire and a thick layer of straw will be put down. This is called the deep litter method and keeps everything clean and smelling fresh. The door has already been moved so it opens to the outside to allow for the extra depth of the straw.
I can't help being excited.... should I start saving egg cartons now??
|The old henhouse|