It’s time for a new hen house. The old one served us well for years, but it is beginning to show it’s age and our flock has outgrown it. Experience has taught us several improvements that we could make on it’s design for the comfort of the hens and for easier cleaning and maintenance. So, one of this winter’s projects has been to build a bigger, better hen house.
It was essential that we keep the cost of the new building low. The basic expenses in keeping an egg laying flock include the price of chicks or hens; time in caring for them daily; gathering, cleaning and packaging eggs daily; the hen house and fenced yard to keep them sheltered from the elements and protected from predators; good quality feeds; feeders and waterers; and the inevitable losses that will occur in a free-ranging flock. Our new hen house needs to be about 200 square feet, and we didn’t want to have to raise our egg price this year to cover an expensive building, so we came up with a design that we could build almost entirely out of recycled materials: wood pallets.
We owe a huge thank you to The Paint Bucket of Culpeper for supplying us with most of the pallets for this building.