Everything Put Together Falls Apart…then gets put together again

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New Chicken Run in May 2010: now it’s May 2016 and although somewhat battered, decrepit and in pieces, the Author attempts another DIY project…

That original chicken run was built to house our first chickens ever – Esme, Gytha and Lorna. With Lorna going to that great free-range pasture in the sky, er, our raised bed, it is time to acquire some more hens to boost the somewhat pathetic number we have now (two barely constitute a flock, more a flap).

The introduction of new hens into a flap or a flock usually requires a separate house for the newbies until everyone settles down with everyone else. Unfortunately, when we bought the new mite-resistance recycled plastic house, the old wooden one (which had a roof that was perfect for a billion red mites to set up a country in) was (eventually) dismantled and left lying around “just in case it might be useful”. It had survived as a hospital wing, as it were, before being redeveloped into a pile of stuff. The roof and hinged lid on the nest box had all been recycled (er, burnt) – they were rotten and full of red mites.

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The Bits and Pieces – about to become “useful”

Turns out, the pile of stuff would be useful – as a chicken house. This time though, I could build a new roof that wouldn’t be quite such a Shangri-La for bitey things and also remove the run part of it, because that made the whole structure almost impossible to move around without sustaining some kind of back injury.

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Worst. Accordion. Ever.

Having reassembled the back wall with nearly all the slats – I was unable to fit all of them in (well, I’ve put on a bit of waistline in two or three years, it’s all the eggs, so I imagine almost the same is true of wooden slats: come on,  I’m a writer, I live in a weird world where everything is actually possible) – I found that the four bits then fitted together pretty well. Being me, I had kept the screws after dismantling the house, so had them to reuse. Of course, I knew exactly where I had stored the screws, and didn’t just find them in with the other screws – how could you even think that? Oh wait, I see how…

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It was like they were meant to go together

I put the bits cut off the sides (they formed the run originally) to one side because they might be useful if we want to add a temporary run back at some point. A voilá! An open-topped chicken house.

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Now for the roof…

All that was lacking now was the roof and a hinged lid for the nest boxes, but that is for the next post. The question is, will the new roof involve pallets? I won’t keep you in suspense, I promise.

Are you sitting down? The answer is no. But it does involve a rotten compost bin and a defunct greenhouse. And eleven new screws.

oOo

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4 thoughts on “Everything Put Together Falls Apart…then gets put together again

  1. Pingback: Mend-it May | The Snail of Happiness

  2. I am totally awed at your recycling powers – but new screws? Tut, tut! Lol

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