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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 3rd July 2010, 11:40 am

As Rhomboid acres prepares to increase its poultry stock from 5 (oh, no, 4 rather - keep forgetting one died recently) to 50-odd, I have been pricing up additional hen-housing.

It is amazing the range of prices people will pay for what is essentially a wooden box. There are some reasonably priced ones out there but some horrendously overpriced ones as well.

This, however, takes the biscuit:

http://www.flytesofancy.co.uk/chickenhouses/The_Gypsy_Daydream.html

£3900!!!

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Post by Dandelion on 3rd July 2010, 12:05 pm

...but it'll still end up with chicken poo on it, and parasites running around inside! (I read the blurb too quickly, and thought it said something about dancing on cornish butter, which didn't sound very practical)

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Post by Compostwoman on 3rd July 2010, 1:17 pm

WTF?

Daydream shown here explores the delights of dancing daffodils and
delicate ivy on a base of Cornish Butter, the decorative design of your
Gypsy will be entirely inspired by you.

So that would be poo, mould and green lichen, then? All of which one can get for free, by just leaving it outside.....

I have a FoF house, its quite good, CM improved upon the design when he built his hen house for me, and likewise with the hen runs he built and the mega hen pen as well.

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Flytes house nearest to bottom, takes 10 ( actually will easily fit 12 largish hens as they always pile in together )

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Post by Dandelion on 3rd July 2010, 1:40 pm

I thought we weren't supposed to use the word Gypsy to refer to Travellers/Romanys?

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Post by Jaded Green on 4th July 2010, 9:09 am

And you would need at least 3!!!
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Post by Broadstoneuk on 8th July 2010, 11:00 pm

Just get a shed for them and add perches and nest boxes. Pat made some nest boxes for our coop and our chooks love them.
We are planning to get more hens soon too. We are lucky to have an old stone goat shed in our garden and so we are going to renovate that for the extra hens.
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Post by Compostwoman on 8th July 2010, 11:43 pm

Compostman made me a fab hen house which, after looking at the commercial house I had previously bought, he was able to improve on a lot.

The Eglu is still the easiest to clean and disinfect but his home made wooden hen house is by far and away the best house I own.

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Post by Broadstoneuk on 9th July 2010, 9:01 am

Don't you think the Eglu makes the chickens too hot? Especially in the hot weather we have had recently? I can see the advantage in terms of cleaning, but chooks do need a lot of air movement in their coop to stay healthy. otherwise they would end up with respiratory problems.
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Post by Compostwoman on 9th July 2010, 10:50 am

No, it is fine. There is actually a lot of air flow through them and it is quite cool inside.

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Post by Broadstoneuk on 9th July 2010, 11:04 am

Compostwoman wrote:No, it is fine. There is actually a lot of air flow through them and it is quite cool inside.

Thats good.
have you come accross Solway hen houses. Made of recycled materials
http://www.solwayrecycling.co.uk/recycled-shop/products/319/Hen-Houses

This company is great. We are buying our lambing pens from them this year.
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