Siting the hen houseRSS feed

Posted: Sunday 23 May, 2010

by Rosemary at 8:28am in Poultry No comments Add your own

There are three small paddocks at Dalmore. The hen house is going in one of them. After much deliberation, we've decided to upgrade the fencing on one, for now, to poultry proof stock netting, so that the chooks are a bit restricted in where they go. The vegetable garden is quite far away, in poultry terms and will be rabbit netted around the perimeter, but we think this is the best idea for now.

To do this, we're dividing the largest of the three paddocks into two, which makes them all roughly the same size, maybe 1/2 acre each (that's a guess, for now). We'll put water in the four and gates between and rotate the sheep round them too.

So the house base is in place and I've sprayed again with Poultry Shield - there's an odd mite or two, but far fewer than before. Linda's going to give it a coat of clear wood preservative before John reassembles it. It's on skids, so we will be able to move it round the paddocks if we want to.

There's a ready-made sand dust bath - all natural - near the house and I noticed a wooden sand rake in one of the sheds, so we'll be able to rake it every day to keep it tidy. I'm really looking forward to getting the hens up - must get an "Eggs for sale" sign for the road end!


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