Lovely Hubby chose the windiest of windy days to erect the new hen house last weekend. Gales blew all around our area and indeed over lots of the country on Friday and Saturday, whole trees were blown across the road near us stopping all traffic during the night while they were cut through and moved.
But a little matter of gale force winds didn't stop my man!!
With the base all in place and the wheels on there was enough weight in the bottom to keep it firmly on our hillside, but that wasn't enough to keep the roof on.
Twice he chased it across the grass before he finally got enough screws in to hold it in place.
It's a lovely house, really well made and obviously well planned out. After having our other henhouses, some bought and some designed and built ourselves, we knew exactly what to look for in the chickens new house and this one fitted the bill perfectly.
It's large enough to hold up to 35 birds so our 29 with a percentage of them being Bantams will fit in easily with a bit of space left over for the potential patter of tiny little feet next Spring.
We bought it from HERE, and I'm adding a link to them in the sidebar as I've decided that any products we use and are pleased with, will be listed on my sidebar to save answering so many emails about where do we get this or that, not that I mind but sometimes it's nice for you just to be able to see the suppliers of things we use rather than have to wait for my answer. Here's a link to their Facebook Page too
I must re-iterate that I do not use products that I am asked to endorse, I only advertise for companies that I want to advertise for. (I am currently being swamped with offers of goods and services and spending some time each day batting the emails back, this is not a blog for advertising on.)
While all the henhouse erecting was going on outside and I was busy painting inside Rosy took to her bed by the Aga ...
... and Suky watched proceedings from the conservatory door.
(Note the brand new cat flap!! Gosh our moggies are spoilt, we had to have a whole new double glazed unit installed in the door to be able to fit it, I am telling LH that to make it more financially viable we really do need a couple of extra cats, that way there will be much more usage and therefore it will be better value for money!! :-)
But after a while even watching your Dad run round the field chasing roof panels gets a little bit boring.
Especially when he eventually decides to hide inside the house fitting the perches!!
I'll take some more photos of the henhouse next week when the girls themselves are in residence and we have the temporary fence around it. We intend to have an outside covered area, a dust bathing area under the house and access to two different halves of the grass so that one can recover while the girls run on the other.
We've learnt a lot of lessons in the five or so years we've kept chickens and it's nice that we can finally put them all into action on our very own bit of land.