I heard my neighbor Jim built a new chicken house, so I had to go for a four-wheeler ride to take a look-see this weekend.
Here it is on the backside, from afar. Zoom in, and even from the back, you can tell it’s some kind of awesome.
It’s a double chicken house.
Two completely separate houses and yards all in one structure.
Let’s look around!
Each side has a ramp, covered with shingles to protect the wood, and a door that slides up and down on a pulley. The ramp opens to a good-sized yard, also separated for each side, completely covered in chicken wire.
“People” doors to the yards will be located at the back. For now, there’s just a piece of metal covering the side that’s finished, temporarily, until the permanent doors are put in. Notice there’s metal between the two yards, also. These chickens are so separated, they can’t even LOOK at each other!
The side that is completed has a mix of chickens old enough to be out and about in the yard.
There are nesting boxes and roosts.
There are little chicks on the other side, not ready for the yard yet.
These are Australorp chicks. The reason behind the two-in-one chicken house is to keep purebred chickens separated from the mixed chickens. He plans to hatch chicks to sell.
For the whole kit-n-caboodle, he told me it cost him about $1000 in materials. He studied a lot of chicken house plans and made up his own based on a combination of ideas. The doors are cedar, by the way, and he got them for $10 at a salvage store.
It is, without a doubt, one of the nicest chicken houses I’ve ever seen. Talk about lucky chickens!
I’ll have to keep my chickens off the internet today. I don’t want them hearing about it!