Thanks for the replies! Urban Farmer Husband is now even more enthused about keeping chooks, especially after offers of a chicken research trip to Sydney, free wire, and reading about the 12 year old hen who lay till the day she died. HazMo’s Mama has kindly let me a book, The Contented Chook, written by ABC Australia Gardening Magazine (see her response in Should I get chickens post).
This book is a visual feast of hen house options and ‘inspirational ideas for keeping your hens happy’.
There are even a few pages of suggested names to call your chooks, such as Eggatha, Jujube, Buck-Buck, Evangaline, Caw-delia, etc which implies that naming chickens is more playful and light-hearted than naming the pet dog. Think of favourite childhood lollies, filmstars, rock gods, or you could wait and get to know their personalities and go from there? Ja’mie?
Deciding on a chook house touches on a favourite childhood pastime of mine, building cubby houses. It appears to also touch on unfulfilled yearnings. Starting at the big picture end of things, this Chook-Out photo below makes me want, not a ‘sea-change’ or a ‘tree-change’, but an ‘environmentally sustainable veggie-chook-change’.
Below is a teasing reminder of the beach shack I’d like to have. Even a touch of shabby chic.
And below, a cross between having one last doll’s house and living the gypsy life.
We will probably start with a fox-proof shed (from a hardware store) as recommended by Lee-Anne, thanks. As for whimsical? Husband bought a windmill on impulse recently and our daughters banned him from putting it in the front garden (so easy to embarrass the young), so will keep you posted where that ends up.
Which chook palace do you prefer? 🙂