New Chicken House

We have moved the chickens to a new area. My husband has been busy making them a new house, adapting a plan from “The Small-Scale Poultry Flock: An All-Natural Approach to Raising Chickens and Other Fowl for Home and Market Growers“, by Harvey Ussery.

The chickens seem to like it.


The roof perches are high but all the chickens are using them (even the older ladies). And all eggs are being laid in the nest boxes provided.

There is plenty to eat in the new area too. It’s an area we’ve grown our potatoes and onions in for last two years. It had become over run with weeds though so we thought the chickens could do a good clearing job.  Meanwhile, we hope to grow this year’s potatoes in the area where the chicken’s have been for the last two years. There wasn’t much growing so it is easier to dig. We hope to get the potatoes that have been chitting in the ground this week.

Moving the hens from the old area to new one was a little challenging and involved the four of us trying to herd them. It was pretty successful with the exception of one of the black chickens who kept breaking ranks. I eventually caught her and carried her to her new quarters, much to her indignation!

8 thoughts on “New Chicken House

  1. wesgarden

    Beautifully designed and constructed structure. I laughed while reading the story about herding chickens… There’s always an obstinate one in every group. One question, does this house work well for chicks and/or during the cool season?

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      It is supposed to be good for winter. Ours is on concrete blocks which makes it pretty safe for chicks. The original design is on wheels. We’ve also use a very fine mesh.



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