Today, as promised, I can give the full-frontal, explicit and unexpurgated story of the erection of our new chicken house.
… and the current residents. As you can see it’s a little cosy for six bantams. Some new accommodation was needed. That’s when Mrs Crox decided to order the altogether more palatial Eglu Cube. As our entire garden acts as the chicken run, we ordered ours sans the wire-frame run.
and, if you want, the chickens to lay the eggs to fill them.
The eglu cube is simplicity itself to assemble, needing only a cross-head screwdriver.
However, it’s probably a good idea to have help
and some experience of self-assembly furniture. Not a problem for Your Host, who has got every single allen key IKEA has ever made, and has successfully put together a ‘BENNY’ Large-Hadron Collider in beech-finished particle-board, and a ‘MOOMIN’ uranium-enriching ultracentrifuge in plain unvarnished pine.
The Eglu Cube has a set of wheels, rather like (says Mrs Crox) a Victorian bathing machine. Here I am attaching the wheels to the base.
and here’s the base, with the wheels attached.
But wait, there’s more. Then you add the front …
… attach the ladder …
… and then the sides, and the roosting bars.. The nestbox (on the left) can seat several chooks at once, whereas in the old Eglu there’s only room for one at a time, which caused a lot of squabbling as the chooks lined up like fractious teenagers outside a nightclub.
Here it is showing how you can remove the plastic roosting bars, and slide out the poo trays, which are emptied simply on the compost heap. A lot more hygienic and easier to clean than a wooden chicken coop.
Here is Mrs Crox showing how to gain access to the nestboxes through the side-hatch.
Fitting the lid – which slides to and fro for easier access -
is the only slightly tricky part. I should add that the Eglu Cube’s parts all fit, within reasonable tolerance, and are of extremely high quality. Which is just as well, given that it cost £££.
Before you know it, these highly prestigious waterside apartments are finished, modelled here by Crox Minima:
… with a finishing touch by Crox Minor.
Here is Mrs Crox putting some straw in the nestbox.
… and introducing two new residents.
But what of the old Eglu? Ah, well, for that you’ll have to tune in tomorrow for the next eggciting installment.