Some close friends of ours have been looking after chickens (Polish Frizzles) for some time now, and I have had pangs of jealousy! David was trying to convince me to keep chickens since we moved in, but I was a little less than keen on the idea to begin with. The thought of all that effort and cost for such little in return (or as I thought at the time at least) was a little off-putting.  

Of course, after I’d seen our friend’s (and, incidentally, our daughter’s godparents’) darling chicks grow into perfectly preened poultry, the green-eyed monster reared its ugly head. Luckily, Alison had also decided to start breeding and selling chickens, and was willing to let us have some if we could find a place to keep them. 

So I went to my dad, who owns a farm in Sennybridge, to see if he had anything going spare, or if he could find us a good deal on a coop. We had a wonderful deal in the end, as he had a coop going spare. It’s taken us some time (since before Maisey was born actually) but we finally got around to starting the great build. We decided it would be best to put the coop up off the ground, on stilts if you like. So we built a wooden base using fence posts and recycled planks of wood. 

After attaching the base of the chicken coop, we managed to get it erected in short time, and even managed to lift the (pretty heavy) roof up on top of the now-very-high coop without too much fuss. We still need to sort out the run for them, to make sure they are safe from bother by cats, foxes and birds of prey. I am keeping high hopes that we will have chickens with us in a few weeks. I have my eyes on some of Ali’s light sussex chickens, who are just beautiful.Fingers crossed! 

Chicken Coop Base

Raising the base of the coop off the ground will help the wood last longer.Still a few things to go, like the chicken run and a ladder, but not too bad for one day's work

Completed Coop

Still a few things to go, like the chicken run and a ladder, but not too bad for one day's work

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