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Chicken Coop and Hen Habitat Design & Build Workshop

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 23rd, 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): a time-saving 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) time-saving waterer. If you want to make one for yourself bring a clean 5-gallon bucket and $6 for supplies and you’ll leave with your own ready-to-install time-saving 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.

Contact me directly at [masked] to ask questions or to register as space is limited.

When: Sat. March 23rd, 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). www.frankhyman.com.

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  • sara a.

    I was lucky enough to attend Frank's Design/Build Chicken Coop workshop on the 23rd. I came away with some very good and useful information that I'll definitely incorporate into the design of my own chicken coop. I especially liked the gutter that catches the rain.
    His approach is relaxed and extremely practical as well as entertaining. I met a number of nice and interesting people. One being his wife Chris, who delighted us with yummy refreshments. I loved the quiche made from fresh eggs-compliments of their backyard hens, and fresh spinach from their garden. Wouldn't mind the recipe for sea salt brownies either.
    It's a very hands on workshop, which I liked. Just a great way to spend an afternoon outdoors, and I would recommend (and encourage) anyone who thinks they may want to attempt to build and/or design their own coop to sign up.
    Thanks Frank it was great! Please let me know if you decide to do a workshop on backyard composting, especially worm composting and I'll be there!!

    March 25, 2013

  • Frank H.

    We had ten happy people at last week's workshop. Eight people are signed up now for the 23rd, so that means there are only two spaces available for this design/build workshop at Hentopia. If you want to have happy hens and to be a happy henkeeper, who can safely go on vacation for a week at a time and not worry about your hens, contact me at [masked] to register and get final details. Thanks !

    March 19, 2013

  • Frank H.

    Only five spaces left for the 3/23 the Hentopia Coop design/build workshop. If you want to have happy hens (and to be a happy henkeeper) contact me at [masked] to sign up for a workshop that will save you lots of time, money and hassle compared to the average coop setups (my wife agrees!).

    March 8, 2013

  • Frank H.

    Due to the heavy interest, the coop workshop on the 16th is booked up. So I'm repeating the workshop on 23rd. Contact me at [masked] if you wish to register. Thanks ! Frank

    March 6, 2013

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