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His grandson wanted chickens. Christian Judet then embarks on the construction of a "three-star" hen house made of recycled materials. The height of luxury, the secure aviary.
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Faithful subscriber of System D, Christian Judet has just created a chicken coop "three-stars". With it, the expression system D makes sense: most of the materials used here are indeed recovered.
Example with the reuse of large pallets: "There were constructions of pavilions in the village, I recovered the pallets used for the transport of windows and garage doors." Cleaned and dismantled, they are reused for the manufacture of the floor and the structure. This is complemented by amounts from old wooden screening panels: "The amounts were sometimes of different sections but I was able to adapt." However, new materials are sometimes essential: "Class 2 fungicide treated with fungicide and insecticide for cladding, self-adhesive bituminous shingles.waterproofing of the roof"All that remained was to find a location for the construction.

Respect the neighborhood

A small book with less than ten chickens like our reader does not require no declaration in town hall. But some subdivision regulations prohibit them. In any case, avoid installing it too close to neighbors and keep it clean to avoid odors.
Another sensitive point: noise. The hen who sings after the laying, in general it passes. But if the male wakes up the neighborhood at 5 o'clock every morning, we can find the recipe for the rooster wine in the mailbox!

Cutting corner posts

  • The assembly of the structure is done at the workshop.
  • The corner posts are cut in their length so as to obtain an L-shaped profile.

Perimeter structure of the chicken coop

  • The peripheral structure of the walls is made using slotted poles and pallet planks: "I adjusted the lengths after tracing on the ground with a slope of 30° for the roof."
  • The central post is not grooved.

Housing dressing trims

  • After cutting, all the cladding walls of the walls are housed in the grooves of the uprights, then nailed together.
  • The first arch (bottom of the wall) takes place in a notch specially made in the structural board.

Build a small frame for the chicken coop

  • It is a real small frame that builds our reader.
  • Cleats of 12 mm are nailed to the posts to retain the clapboard.

Protect and stain the chicken coop floor

  • The floor is tinted and protected: "I used a sealant underneath for buried masonry parts."

Install a tennis ball in the tube to prevent rain from falling in

  • The recovered columns were machined to facilitate the installation of rebars to which will be fixed the protective nets.
  • Our reader has welded falls of reinforcing bars for anchoring on the ground.
  • Practice, a worn tennis ball prevents rain from entering the tube.

Manufacture of the aviary door

  • The aviary door is made of square tubes 30 mm thick.
  • The hinges are hinges recovered from a wooden French window.

Install concrete blocks

  • The tubes of the aviary are sealed in concrete posts.
  • The henhouse will be placed on level concrete blocks, with a crawl space between the floor and the ground.

Fix a semi-buried sheet on the perimeter

  • Against predators, a semi-buried sheet all around, fixed on each pole, at the same time maintains the protective net.

Install the safety net

  • The protective net is held by nylon threads from straw bales.

Screw the panels

  • The panels snap into each other and are held by screwing.

A cozy little nest

Chicken coop and aviary

The henhouse is ready to welcome its first tenants. But now it's time to realize the interior design: "Always with pallets, I built three beds." Garnished straw that is regularly changed, they will be comfortable for chickens. It is also necessary to provide the perches on which the hens will snuggle at night.
Our reader with attention to detail: "I made a small canopy on one of the sides, with extra shingle and a few pallet drops, which makes it possible to put the feeder under cover." Christian Judet then imagined an aviary adjoining the hen house. With this protection, residents can go out without fear of predators. "As for the rest, I used what I could recover, for example, the steel tubes of a barnum destroyed during a storm, net drops bought for € 50 from a wildlife park and sheets for the perimeter. " These sheets are partially buried - "at least 5 cm" - at the bottom of the aviary. They prevent malicious visitors, such as the fox or the weasel, from getting under the nets. There is no more than a roost and a sandbox so that the hens can "shake and dry".

Feeder for chickens

  • The roof and the small canopy that protects the feeder are covered by the sealing system. The manger, removable to be cleaned, is made with an old gutter.

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