Some days the task is huge….and heavy…..and awkward. Enter the need for the relocation of the hen house.
Tony built the house on skids for just this occasion, but once again, this is not your average chicken coop. It is large for a chicken enclosure …. 8 ft by 10 ft by 12 ft tall — it is heavy ….. built with full, heavy lumber, fully insulated, tar shingles, and a porch — awkward….something this large does not move without a lot of ingenuity.
Why move a large, stationary, unyielding object such as this? The flock seemed “just okay” with their house. It was consistently shady, and dark. Many of the hens sought out alternate places to lay their eggs. They seemed to tolerate their home, but they didn’t love their home…hahah….as I write this, I do realize how ….quirky that sounds, but it’s true!!
Other than that, we really want to control the chicken poop in the people living areas. They are all over the place, and I want them off of my porch, in front of my car doors, and where my dogs run. They are going to live in the pasture with the goats.
The real story here, though, is in the process of moving this small, but large out-building. The video below is just that. It took a few hours, but it did eventually get to it’s intended spot.
Thankfully, the move was successful, and no one got injured. This project actually took place a couple of weeks ago, and I am happy to report that the hens are happy again!! They are speaking loud and clear with an abundance of eggs….inside the nesting boxes….and now two broody hens!! What more can you ask of a Saturday!!
Thank you for visiting the farm today. I hope your day is filled with the beauty, and warmth of spring
Your friend from Oregon,