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Booked UP--Chicken Coop and Hen Habitat Design/build Workshop-3/16

Chicken Coop and Hen Habitat Design & Build Workshop
For those who want to raise their own backyard hens (aka feathered pets with culinary benefits).
Sat. March 16th, 2-5:30 pm at 1412 N. Mangum St., Durham, NC 27701

My wife agrees:
"We spend more time cooking our chicken eggs than we spend doing our chicken chores."

Is that the kind of coop and hen habitat that you want?

Do you want to own a coop and pen that allows you to go on vacation without worrying?

Do you want feeders and waterers that don't get 'fowl-ed' up and need constant cleaning?

Do you want to enjoy your hens and not get bogged down in chores?

So do we and that's why we’ll be hosting a Chicken Coop and Hen Habitat Design & Build Workshop (with limited space) for $35. Cash or Check Only.

You'll leave this workshop with:

A) a basic plan for building your own easy-to-manage coop.
(or if you don't want to build it yourself, you'll have a plan that a builder can use or you'll know what to look for in a store-bought coop as they are not all created equally).

B) A handout with links and other resources.

C) An understanding of what you'll need to do if you're getting a permit.

D) Optional (at modest additional cost, see below): an automatic waterer and portable fencing.

Most of the workshop will use our own backyard Hentopia chicken coop to demonstrate design features that save lots of time, cost and hassle. We’ll also look at features of a well-designed hen habitat—feeders, waterers, pen, portable fencing, storage, etc.—that also lighten a hen keepers workload and worry. We'll also discuss how to make a coop and pen that's attractive.

Lots of time allowed for Q&A as well as coverage of Durham’s poultry permit.

The construction side of the workshop will focus on demonstration of tools, techniques and materials.

We'll also build a simple (and cheap) automatic waterer. If you want to make one for yourself bring a clean 5-gallon bucket and $1 for each hen (to cover the cost for supplies, so if you'll have 6 hens, bring $6) and you’ll leave with your own ready-to-install automatic waterer. Let me know when you register if you'll want a waterer.

Attractive, cost-effective portable fencing to keep hens out of prized plant beds (and to keep them from pooping on your patio) will also be available to order at $2 a linear foot.

Reply to this message or contact me directly at [masked] to ask questions or to register as space is limited.

When: Sat. March 16th, 2-5:30 pm
Where: 1412 N. Mangum St., Durham, NC 27701
What: Come home with a Very Low Maintenance plan for your coop and hen habitat (and maybe an automatic waterer and portable fencing).
How Much: $35 cash or check only
Who: Frank Hyman, who writes the Coop Builder column in Chickens magazine and is a carpenter and designer (who normally charges $60/hour for design consultations).

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  • Frank H.

    As space is limited the workshop on 3/16 if filled. But do not despair. Given the intense interest in this topic, I'll repeat the workshop on Sat. Mar. 23rd, 2pm-5:30pm for $35 as before. You can only register for this workshop by contacting me at First ten messages will be registered for 3/23 and will get further information. Thanks !

    March 6, 2013

  • Frank H.

    Only three spaces left in this workshop. If you want to have happy hens that don't take up more time than you can spare, contact me at [masked], thanks, Frank

    March 3, 2013

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