Make Nikki’s chookyard
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.