Make Nikki’s chook­yard

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Nikki and fam­ily turned an old shed and fence line into a safe home for their flock, us­ing re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als. You will need Red gum sleep­ers; con­crete; tim­ber posts; bolts; re­claimed wood (for top rails and beams – Nikki used tim­ber found on their prop­erty); tin snips; saw; tim­ber of­f­cuts; hinges; screws; screw­driver; chicken wire; hook nails; ham­mer; straw; nest­ing boxes (eg old wooden ap­ple crates); branches.

ONE Pre­pare the site by re­mov­ing all weeds and lev­el­ling off any un­even ground. Mark out your yard.

TWO Lay the red gum sleep­ers. Con­crete tim­ber posts up­right into the ground. Bolt on the top rails.

THREE Se­cure enough beams across the top of the chook­yard to sup­port the chicken wire.

FOUR Use tin snips to cut a “chook door­way” about 40cm x 30cm; cover sharp edges with tim­ber of­f­cuts. Cut a door from of­f­cuts; hinge to framed door­way. Build a ramp from tim­ber of­f­cuts; screw to shed wall.

FIVE Cover struc­ture in chicken wire, nail­ing it to posts and rails with no large gaps. Con­tinue wire down into soil to de­ter dig­ging foxes. Ar­range straw as bed­ding, nest­ing boxes and branch perches in­side. (The fam­ily ac­cesses the nest­ing boxes via the shed’s main door).

“The chick­ens all have names and are part of the fam­ily.”

The much-loved chooks are pro­duc­tive pets.

SHED Tool time

The orig­i­nal shed keeps equip­ment in good or­der.

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