Chicken Coop and Hen Habitat Design & Build Workshop with Frank Hyman

Chicken Coop and Hen Habitat Design & Build Workshop with Frank Hyman

His wife agrees: "We spend more time cooking our chicken eggs than we spend doing our chicken chores."
Take a general class on the basics of chicken keeping and then take Frank’s design/build workshop to create your own Hentopia. There were twenty very happy attendees last winter. Don’t be the one with a coop set-up that runs you ragged with unnecessary cleaning and fussing.
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When: Sat. Jan. 18th or 25th, 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 a time-saving waterer too).
How Much: $35 through Paypal: Must Pay in Advance as space is limited.
Who: Frank writes the Coop Builder column in Chickens magazine and is a carpenter, designer, coop builder and consultant. He was a leader in the effort to legalize hens in Durham.
It just takes three easy steps:
Step One: Go to www.frankhyman.com and click on the Hentopia page for more information and to pay so you can reserve a space or buy a gift certificate in time for the holidays.
Step Two: Write to Frank at [masked] to let him know which day you want to attend (1/18/14 or 1/25/14), whether you need a gift certificate and whether you will bring $5 and a 5 gallon bucket to turn into a time-saving waterer.
Step Three: Show up on time, with a notepad and ready to learn a lot that will save you many hours of hen management. *****************************************
In this design workshop you’ll learn about these features:

· Cozy and easy-to-clean nest boxes
· Feeders that don’t get “fowl-ed” up
· Waterers that refill themselves and don’t get muddy
· Where to get free bedding and other low cost supplies
· Coop that’s easily—and infrequently—cleaned out
· How to reduce hen-pecking
· How to make use of scraps and scavenged material
· Tricks to make your coop a visual improvement to your yard
· Ways to make it easier for the henkeeper--you—to go on vacation without worries
· Affordable, portable, temporary free-range-fencing
· How to ensure your coop and pen meet the city ordinance
· A handout with books and websites and other tips
· Guidance on your personal coop/hen habitat design

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  • Mary R.

    I am interested in having a chicken coop built....any suggestions? Would like to have about 6 hens .... live in Wake county....just outside city limits. Any restrictions? Thanks for any advice.

    March 5

    • Frank H.

      I design and build chicken coops along the lines of my Hentopia coop, saves a lot of time for henkeepers and looks great too. Will send you an email with some details. Frank Hyman

      March 5

  • wendelin

    The one I have is a great efficient design.. its one of the a-frame types.. gives lots of room under the roost area for walk-about.. you welcome to see it..

    March 5

    • Mary R.

      Thanks so much....where are you located?

      March 5

  • Carson S.

    Despite the really cold weather I had a great time learning about Frank's chicken coop/run system. Frank shared a large number of operational tips and I think I captured all of them. I would take this workshop again.

    January 22, 2014

  • Chris B.

    Hello, I'm new to the area. Is there a spring tour-de-coop in Durham?

    January 19, 2014

    • Susan

      There was one last fall. Raleigh has one in the spring.

      January 19, 2014

  • Frank H.

    All slots are filled for both Hentopia workshops. See you next year. Also , i'll be posting notices about upcoming classes on pruning and other skills. Will also be posting about my World's Best Tomato Cages for sale in March and my plant sale/yard sale in April or May. Dates TBD. Cheers.

    January 16, 2014

  • Frank H.

    All slots are filled for the workshop on the 18th. One slot left for the workshop on the 25th. RSVPing on this site is nice, but spaces are limited and you aren't registered unless you follow the directions on the Hentopia webpage described in the meetup listing above. Cheers.

    January 16, 2014

  • Frank H.

    Only one slot left in the Jan. 25th workshop. Only four slots left in the Jan. 18th workshop. Go to www.frankhyman.com, click on Hentopia page and scroll to the bottom for directions and hit the Pay button to get registered. Learn how to have a hen habitat that lets you go on vacation for two weeks at a time. Also learn a clever (non-electric) technique for keeping the hen waterer from freezing.

    January 8, 2014

  • Frank H.

    the January 18th workshop only has three spaces left and the Jan. 25th workshop has four spaces left. Must register through my website and follow the directions at the bottom of the Hentopia page as space is limited. Happy new year!

    December 26, 2013

  • Frank H.

    I saw a couple of basic classes offered in Nov. and Dec. through the Abundance Foundation and thru Durham City Parks, but not aware of any on offer right now. May be some in March. There are several books on chicken care, Jessi Blooms "Free-Range Chicken Gardens" is one and "Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens" is another one we use. Of course a subscription to Chickens magazine is always helpful too.

    December 26, 2013

  • Carson S.

    Frank, can you recommend "a general class on the basics of chicken keeping" we can take?

    December 25, 2013

  • Kevin A.

    I had one of my girls die here recently. very strange. I have a camera on the coop to watch for critters. but one stayed outside the roost in the evening and didn't go up with the others. she set on the ground until about 10 pm and then jumped up and flapped around and then passed. I didn't see anything around it. she stayed outside the coup roost like she new it was her time. any thoughts?

    December 25, 2013

  • Frank H.

    The RSVP's are nice, but space is limited and you have to register and pay in advance first by going to my website and hitting that paypal button and letting me know if you want to attend on 1/18 or 1/25. Thanks. Would hate to have to turn anyone away that hadn't pre-registered for their space. Also, part of my motivation for teaching this workshop is that I'm seeing a good number of people who get a coop setup that takes a lot of time to clean and demands frequent attention from henkeepers. Just because a coop is sold online or whatever doesn't mean it's built in a way that is going to be beneficial. We spend more time cooking our eggs than we spend doing chicken chores. Other coop designs really can't say that--I've pretty much seen 'em all.

    November 12, 2013

  • wendelin

    I have one of the easy build A-frame coop runs. The run is under the roof/next so both are 8 ft long with about 30sf run space. And I can roll it up my hill. Bought it used for[masked] . Happy to show anyone. Wendy (Science-Minded Social grp)

    November 12, 2013

  • Frank H.

    One of the two workshops (1/18 and 1/25) are already one third full.

    October 29, 2013

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