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    Greenfingered Gra is offline Germinator
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    I thinkthis is excellent.

    I also have an Eglu and currently the ladies have the full run of the garden as the Eglu run is little restrictive in my opinion? So I will honourly steal your design!

    thank you
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    How do folk attach an outdoor nestbox and keep it dry? I've not attempted to make one because it just seems too difficult, but its a pain having to open up the whole house to collect one or two eggs....

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    You make a nestbox like a tiny shed, attached so that the open side is joined on to the wall of the house (at a hole in the wall obviously) and have a hinged lid with the top end at the house wall, You have to make that lid/roof weatherproof, which tends to mean something like roofing felt (so it can be a nuisance with redmite) or you can have the house roof overhang above it (to about half-way out) and just use exterior grade plywood for the nestbox roof. There will still be a little rain creep past this way, but only if it is driven in under the house roof overhang. If you can arrange wind reduction on this side, it should stay pretty dry!
    Bear in mind that these lids can sometimes be opened by a fox, either have a fastening (a cabin-hook will do), or have it in the fox-proof section.
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    Hmm, thanks Hilary. I'm loth to make a hole in my beautiful coop wall,as its wet and windy here, and I can just see water getting into the coop...I'll think on. At the mo, the girls have gone to an orchard up the road. They're in a small coop and I've put cardboard boxes in a small shed on site so they lay there!
    Solved for now at any rate!
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    The point to an external nestbox is that the hens can get into it from the house, so there has to be an opening. The nestbox covers this, but you DO need to be careful how you go about it. If they have a shed, why do they need a coop as well anyway?
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    The orchard is just their summer quarters so I can get to grips with hydrated lime all over the garden....their big coop is here, their summer coop is much smaller, and in the orchard.

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    Here are my hens in their tree house Attachment 32903

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    That's very cute caroline!
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