"If I didn't start painting, I would have raised chickens."
- Grandma Moses
Solly (our mechanic and expert handyman) started off with three chickens - one rooster and two hens - which he housed in a tiny little cage. Not before long, they had increased in numbers, now counting 23, and of course, a bigger cage was called for. I've always said, "Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as it is to build a cathedral", so Solly was encouraged to get them into more suitable housing.
Nest boxes for Solly's hens
First he found some wood and wire, and some nest boxes were constructed for the hens. This was then placed inside a big disused aviary I passed on to him and voila! the chickens had their own castle. Every morning the gates are opened and they have free access to the property, sometimes popping into my garden, looking for fresher pastures. In the evening they all return to the aviary again to settle in for the night.