Fowl house

Tubbylew

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Location
Herefordshire
Any recommendations for a small fowl house? Mrs Tubbylew wants half a dozen hens to keep the kiddies busy. I did suggest that farther's car had more than a passing resemblance, apparently that's not acceptable.
Also suggested making one, "I'll be eighty by the time it's finished" was her reply so it looks like my short arms will have to into my deep pockets, did I mention it must be cheep cheep?
 

Paddington

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Location
Soggy Shropshire
An ark is probably the cheapest conventional henhouse, plenty of ideas on t'internet if you want to build your own, need weldmesh floor and sides to keep Mr. Fox and Mr. Rat out and it would need to moved every few days. If looks aren't important how about a modified juice or IBC henhouse ? We bought one of those wooden garden storage sheds years ago. Put a set of wheels on it and nest boxes at either end, with a pop hole that connects to a run and you're ready to collect the eggs !
 

Lincs Lass

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Location
north lincs
Ive got loads of the pigging creatures here ,,between the cockerels crowing at stupid oclock and the hens continually scratting my garden apart ,ide be ecstatic if they all went .
Cant step out the back door without standing in something
 

tr250

Member
Location
Northants
Depends what you want to spend but forsham cottage arks are good the ones with a run underneath 902 u think they call them dad bought me and bro one each about 20 years ago still got one of them now
 
Plastic not wood to keep the red mite at bay although the Eglu prices are ridiculous
They are hell of a money. I looked at second hand for over year thinking I'd find something on eBay. By the time you get it and claim the vat back made a new one seem more reasonable and you know it's still worth good money in 5 years time. Buy once buy right..?
 

JP1

Member
Livestock Farmer
They are hell of a money. I looked at second hand for over year thinking I'd find something on eBay. By the time you get it and claim the vat back made a new one seem more reasonable and you know it's still worth good money in 5 years time. Buy once buy right..?
Agreed

I like the idea of the old fashioned heavy duty movable folds in a rectangle shape, perhaps with a heavy duty skid and a plastic children's wendy house as the chicken accommodation ?
 

Old Boar

Member
Location
West Wales
If you are not fussy and just starting out, go along to the local junk place and get an old sideboard, with cupboard doors along the front. They usually dont have any dividers inside and are on legs so are ideal. A bit of roofing felt over the top and job done for a very few quid. They last a couple of years, more if you paint them. An orange box in one corner for the eggs (they will lay under a hedge in preference where you will find them months later with the brushcutter), and then you will get used to the joy of keeping chickens and can upgrade or burn!
 
something moveable def not static. We made our eggmobile from a trailer chassis. Slats on the floor to aid ventilation and allow poo to drop through. You could electric fence. Def wood never had red mite. Make your own laying boxes. If you have moveable its better for the soil and worming. Fresh pasture once a week. and no brown patches. Ours will fit 100 but you could make something a lot smaller using old quad trailer or add wheels to a simple structure but better than skids - idea?
 
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Mostly made from recycled materials.
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Spudie

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Location
Ards C.Down
Anyone put an auto shut door in one as had a narrow escape the other night. Forgot to close them in and at 2am heard dog going mad, went outside and seen our red friend slipping away with a hen. Lucky he didn't get them all,just a couple
 

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...
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