Sunday, November 02, 2008

Des.Res.

What's there not to like about this fantastic addition to my poultry empire? I'm so chuffed with it I might even move in there myself. I think Ikea are well versed in the art of fitting out small spaces....

It has everything the pampered bird might crave; perches, popholes, ventilation, doors and 4 pretty red wheels. A panel lifts off at the back for ease of cleaning. Provision has been made for a nest box but in the first instance we hope to raise a few birds for the table so that is blanked off at present.

Above, my glamorous assistant demonstrates how to open the door. He also designed and built it. I'm very proud of him. I'm not sure how easy it would be to persuade him to built another one though. For light relief he has moved on to the next project - carving a 'decoy' lapwing. (If you are all very good I shall photograph the finished product.)

PS: I forgot to mention the towing hook - firmly attached so we can haul it behind the pick-up into position on the field. Come to think of it, in these credit-crunched times my new hen house could double up as a touring caravan. Or perhaps not.

16 comments:

elizabethm said...

It is gorgeous! You can tell a fellow hen keeper by the fact that I am all excited too. Just great. I would say I want one but Ian might not be too pleased since he built the one I have (good but functional whereas yours is beautiful).
Mmm, I have become seriously middle aged.

Twiglet said...

I love it! I agree - its looks good enough to live in - are you fully booked for 2 weeks in June? Your young assistant looks mighty proud - and so he should.

Lindsay said...

What a brilliant hen house - wish I had owned that whilst we kept hens at our last house (oh how I miss them). How many lucky birds are going to be residing in there?

Frances said...

Your talented, glamorous and very handsome assistant should be very proud of this structure. It really is so well designed and executed.

Hoping that the hens will also appreciate their new digs.

xo

Cait O'Connor said...

What a clever 'assistant' you have there! I love it!

molly-golfa said...

When's the hen party? Looks good

Faith said...

It's great, he's very clever.

snailbeachshepherdess said...

Love it!

Pam said...

How talented that man is! The chicken coop (is that the right word?) looks great and I your birds like it.

Preseli Mags said...

What a fabulous new hen home! You have a very clever 'glamorous assistant'.

paula said...

That just takes the biscuit - I love it and want one exactly the same. Is your young glamorous assistant going into production? Of hen houses I mean.

ChrisH said...

Blimey - that is beauteous! (And so is the hen house!)

Woozle1967 said...

Oo, F, I LOVE that hen house! Envy! What a palace for your girls!And it has red wheels!!x

Trixiesma said...

How fabulous for the girls. The wheels I feel are a must. My glamourous assistant is about to get hen house envy, our draughty arc needs a re-vamp!

The Eyechild said...

Incidentally I was at the Design Museum the other day and they had an Eames designed wooden bird, like a slightly more modernistic version of the ones that used to populate our shelf-tops in Heaton Moor.

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