Extending the chicken shed!

Some of our regular readers will remember the big storm here from 4 years ago. We faired pretty well here, where as some areas of the UK suffered flooding and much damage.

That year we had purchased a brand new chicken house and put it up in our little woodland garden, it was the ‘Hilton’ of hotels for chickens. It had 10 nest boxes on our outside. They were accessible to the chickens inside however you could collect the eggs from the outside via a hatch. It had purpose built perches and plenty of room. Sadly, after only having the shed three months, the storm came and a tree from our neighbours woodland fell onto the shed right through the middle. Incredibly the chickens were all absolutely fine. Thankfully.

So Nicholas and his friend took some time out of their work schedule to patch it up as best they could, rebuilding from bits they could salvage and it has served the chickens well over the last 4 years.

It was very difficult to work with though as you couldn’t stand up and as it was much smaller, difficult to clean. So this week we set about making the it larger. We had an old shed that we had to take down when the renovations were happening to allow room for the builders up near the cottage, so we decided to use that as part of the chickens house. Nicholas cleverly took the front off of the chicken house, made everything bigger and fit the front panel back with added height at the top. So I can now stand up in the shed, the chickens have lots more room to perch and there is plenty of room for food, water and nest boxes. We even have a permanent light in there with a timer for the winter months so they can see in the dark mornings and evenings when the clocks change.

I have added photos below so you can all see. 聽They are very happy with their new abode. We have 6 chickens in total, one rescue battery hen, 4 buff Orpington hens and one Buff Orpington Rooster called Boris. This is the least amount chickens we have had for a while, I would love to rescue some more battery hens next year if I can.



  • Kathleen Stanton September 3, 2017 at 5:02 am

    God bless you for thinking of the chickens in terrible conditions. These all look healthy and content.

    • petportraitartist September 4, 2017 at 11:50 am

      馃檪 馃檪 Thank you Kathleen! If you were closer you could have some eggs! 馃榾 Melanie x

  • Donald Kite September 3, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Those are some lucky chickens and so are you…there’s nothing better than a barnyard egg!

    • petportraitartist September 4, 2017 at 11:49 am

      Thank you Donald. Your right, nothing better than a lovely fresh egg! 馃檪 馃檪 Melanie x

  • jennifer Rose September 5, 2017 at 12:16 am

    Really nice house, looks better then a lot of human sheds I’ve seen 馃檪

    • petportraitartist September 5, 2017 at 6:19 pm

      馃榾 Thank you Jennifer! They are certainly pampered hens lol Melanie x


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