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  Frequently Asked Questions

Inevitably, people ask questions whether they are experienced poultry keepers, beginners or simply interested.




Below are some common question and answers we encounter. If you don't see or find what you are looking for, then please do not hesitate to contact us.


Some houses are too expensive for us.

I want a house to keep hens in which they will lay nice clean eggs.

My hens use the nest boxes to sleep in.

I wish I had somewhere to keep my hen’s bits and pieces.

With previous hen houses I have found them difficult to clean and that they often rot in places.

I worry that my hens are too hot/cold.

I struggle with assembly of flat pack products.

Can you make a simple shelter for my hens?

What wood do you use?

Do you make Hen Runs?


          
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Some houses are too expensive for us.

Our basic house is for three to four hens or one/two broody hens and is only £89.  

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I want a house to keep hens in which they will lay nice clean eggs.

Other than the Weymouth, the houses are fitted with ‘rollaway’ nest boxes with cost saving ‘astro-matting’ for hen comfort and easy and clean egg collection. These are all fully removable if you wish to encourage broodiness.  

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My hens use the nest boxes to sleep in.

Our houses have removable perch rails which are higher than the nest boxes which encourage the birds to sleep on the perch rails.    

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I wish I had somewhere to keep my hen’s bits and pieces.

Under the moveable roof is a handy removable shelf for storage.  

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With previous hen houses I have found them difficult to clean and that they often rot in places.

Our houses made from exterior plywood that is treated with oil based wood preserver before sale and if continued to be treated yearly will give years of good service. Though innovative in design, many parts of the house are easily removed without the use of a screwdriver, this allows easy cleaning and any required treatment of mite and lice.   Our aim is to make a hen house that can be quickly and easily cleaned and that all areas of the hen house are visible and reachable to check for mites without any crawling on hands and knees!! From past experience we have found that muck draws do not work and only allow a minimum of bedding so cleaning out more often and wasting bedding and in winter not allowing enough depth to keep warm if desired.  

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I worry that my hens are too hot/cold.


We recommend that a max/min thermometer be fitted, so the temperature in the house can be monitored. Hens suffer if temperatures exceed 30°C or drop below freezing. Our ventilation system is fitted to help maintain a pleasant environment while preventing draughts over the hens heads which is fully adjustable.  

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I struggle with assembly of flat pack products.
 
 
Our houses can be ordered and delivered fully assembled and ready for use.  

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Can you make a simple shelter for my hens?
 

We make a small mobile shelter which hens love.  It helps stops one hen dominating the hen house doorway, gives a dedicated dustbathing area and shelter from rain/sun and from overhead predators/balloons which scare the hens.  It can be easily moved around to where ever your hens are roaming.

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What wood do you use?

We use responsibly sourced kiln dried wood for extra stability and strength.  

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Do you make Hen Runs?

We do not make our own runs as we find them to small to accommodate the hens welfare but we do recommend the Hotline Deluxe Poultry Kit with Hot Gate. A bare of minimum of one square meter per bird is needed. Having used this system we have been happy with its ability to keep the hens in and the fox out. We offer a range of this system.

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