Once you have done your research, and you know what type of chickens you want, you'll need to buy or build your hen house. There are some great carpenters out there selling such beautiful chicken houses, I love www.flytesofancy.co.uk but there are hundreds out there to choose from. However they can be expensive to buy so we have decided to make our own, and what better use of the old coal bunker that we have never used for coal.

So on the bank holiday wknd, we all got to work on restoring and transforming our coal bunker into a chicken coop ready for our little brood. Hubby set to work making a new weather proof roof, the kids cleaned up the main part of the house and I started sanding down and painting all the wood work in f&b old white... I Love that colour.

We're half finished and can't wait to show you how it looks. Then we need to set about making the inside uber cosy, we will be looking into and buying the feed and treatments for our chickens over the next week. We will also need a run for our brood to get them accustomed to their new surroundings, we do intend on letting them roam in the garden when they are settled in.

Next chicken blog... equipment.

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