Wednesday 12 February, 2014
We've bought a caravan. Cost us £50 from the caravan storage place along the road. We're hoping to get it home tomorrow and start stripping it out, for conversion into a mobile henhouse.
We have a flock of "scratchers" - about 20 in number that have "retired" from the main flock and now live in three small henhouses next to the field shelter ('cos I'm too soft to cull them). Because of the position of their houses, they tend to forage in Home and Near Top paddocks - and they do a real good job of breaking up dung and so on.
We discussed a number of options but decided to try a converted caravan that we can move round the six paddocks as part of the spring / summer / autumn rotation - cattle, sheep, poultry, harrow and rest. And cleaning out the wee houses is a pain and, to be honest, two of them are getting past their best.
I will post photos of the chookmobile in due course, but if anyone has done this before and has any advice on the conversion, please share :-)