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The ‘A’ Frame Broody Coop.
This is an old hardwood ‘A’ frame Broody Coop built in about 2004. It has been used as a broody coop for hatching chicks many times, but it ended up being stuck in middle of a fixed chook yard for years, with them roosting on top at night. It literally took shit . . . all over it! The softwood was eaten by termites and the netting in tatters, shown here it has been stripped and refurbished ready for use as broody coop again.
New netting is Galv Arcmesh, 25mm square by 2.5mm gauge. It is strong and we are confident it is dog, goanna & python proof. The little verandah roof drops down & when closed iron overlaps to make it completely water and wind proof on this side.
Access thru little door, with a convenient lip so little chicks can’t jump out. Also shade-cloth is permanently attached, giving the option of shade on this side and the end.
Here it is in use showing mother hen and chicks, safe inside secure mesh.
Only hatch four chicks this time, and they coped with the broody design with ease.
With hay over the mesh floor, and the full view out the end of the ‘A’ it gives it the feel of being free range to the babies. Certainly mother hen has been very happy.
Mother hen didn’t like the camera and did have a go at it, then herded the babies down to the corner. A little house like this made this an easy experience and we know we will use the broody coop again many times in the future.
We have a second ‘old broody coop’ sitting buggered and ready for refurbishment, so now we know this re-design has been successful we’ll rebuild that one too (when we get a spare moment or two!!).