We have found a local carpenter who will make bespoke hen housing to YOUR designs and requirements. None of the flimsy imported "pet shop tat" that doesn't last a couple of winters- Neil's will outlive your hens!
Neil has experience in making homes for ex battery hens and the quality and detail is fantastic.
Please contact Neil Thompson on 01406 359917 or 0777 451 8333 or he can be emailed on firstname.lastname@example.org
Neil is based in Sutton Bridge and here are some pictures of the work on his own hen house which I have seen for myself and I imagine it will last forever.
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If you live in the South Lincolnshire area we know of an excellent supplier of hen houses. None of your "pet shop rubbish" but good strong hen houses for around £80 upwards, which is amazing value if you actually look online at prices elsewhere. Please contact them ;
Mr & Mrs Cole
Greenacres Lodge, Washway Road, Saracens head, Holbeach, Spalding PE12 8AH Telephone 01406 422 679
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These are chunky hen houses (not flat packed) and in a village called Saracens Head just off the A17 in Lincolnshire.
Please bear in mind they are from a farm shop who make these for a hobby and they are not mass produced.
I'm sure that if you tell them they are for ex battery hens, they will quite happily put a lower perch in for you (about 8-9 inches off the ground)
If you purchase one of these, please mention that you saw them on the Lincs Little Hens website.
Alternatively there are Eglu's and Eglu Cubes made by Omlet which are far from cheap but should last a lifetime
Chicubes are long lasting, safe, secure & hygenic but if you look at their website they are rather peculiar, especially the walk in ones that look like workmens toilets!
Other people use sheds, Children's outgrown playhouses, wheelie bin stores, they build their own from scratch or have bespoke houses made to suit their own tastes & garden style.
Basically you can spend as little or as much as you wish and so long as your hens are in a draughtproof and predator proof house at night, the hens don't mind what it looks like.