CHOOKS ARE IN SEVENTH HEAVEN IN THEIR NEW HOME

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN STRAW BALE CHOOK PEN

Renovations on our house complete, it was now time to focus on our chooks getting a brand new home.......

With a bit of a twist to the design! 

We sat down with the chooks and went through the drawings and an agreement was finally made.....

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN STRAW BALE CHOOK PEN

Materials required....handy husband and helper (me)

  • Straw $14.00 a bale (needed about 6)
  • Extra large pallets free from local pool shop
  • wire given to us
  • corrugated roofing given to us also

How good is it to be able to use recycled materials....helping friends get rid of their "stuff". 

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN STRAW BALE CHOOK PEN

The beauty of the oversized pallets, is that they became instant walls. So for an impatient person like me....I get to see quick results.

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN STRAW BALE CHOOK PEN
A YEAR IN MY GARDEN STRAW BALE CHOOK PEN

Once all the technical uprights and roofing were done, it was time to screw the wire onto the timber and stuff the straw down into the pallet cavity. When you take off the string from the  straw bale it comes apart in what they call "biscuits" a bit like slices of bread. If you are very careful you can lift each biscuit and place it into the pallet cavity.

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN STRAW BALE CHOOK PEN

Start at the bottom and work your way up.

I don't know about you but I just love the smell of straw......to me it's the country and it was strangely relaxing listening to the muffled rustling of the straw as we were stuffing the walls.  

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN STRAW BALE CHOOK PEN

Did I mention that the chook house was all my idea and Arth just stood by and watched me build it.......he's gonna kill me!

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN STRAW BALE CHOOK PEN

A corrugated tin roof were in the specifications because the girls like hearing the patter of rain on the roof.

It relaxes them....so good for egg laying. 

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN STRAW BALE CHOOK PEN
A YEAR IN MY GARDEN STRAW BALE CHOOK PEN

A bit of outside decorating.....

Now come on in and let me show you the interior....

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN ECO FRIENDLY CHICKEN HOUSE

Cosy, yet roomy....with a lift up hatch to collect eggs at the back of the laying boxes.

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN ECO FRIENDLY CHICKEN HOUSE

When you stand inside it has such a warm feel, and lets not forget the added bonus of rural views. There were a couple of days there, when that horrible wind was blowing and even I took shelter with the girls.

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN STRAW AND PALLET CHICKEN HOUSE

Arth made the door into a self closing one, for the times and yes they do happen, where one forgets to close the door and Mr Fox comes to visit.

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN ECO FRIENDLY CHICKEN HOUSE

The other half houses our mower and tools and we still have one more straw wall to go up.

We made sure that they were going to get winter sun and summer shade...aspect and position are everything you know.

No doubt they will want me to landscape next.....

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN ECO FRIENDLY CHICKEN HOUSE

Well.... judging by the eggs, I think they are pretty happy with their new house. 

Best part for me......I can look out from the kitchen window and see this delightful chook house that we built ....so much satisfaction in that. I get to watch them enjoying their dirt baths and looking pretty damn happy with themselves.

A chook house doesn't have to be an eyesore you know!

Hopefully this may have inspired someone out there to start a conversation with their chooks and what features they would like for a new home.