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I ran away from teaching to the country to grow veggies. There are also some chooks and a pair of troublesome goats who were so much trouble they had to go! My simple green life isn't always as simple or as green as I'd like...but I keep trying!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Fat Fruit Friday #10 - The Tardis

Something you may not have known 
about the Fat Fruit Greenhouse.
Just like the Tardis it is much bigger inside than it appears.

Incorporated in one side, 
is a chicken coop!
The nest box opens from the top for easy egg retrieval.
The whole door (with the nestbox attached) swings out
for easy cleaning.

There is mesh above and below the nest box for ventilation.

At first I was a little worried 
about the heat factor inside the coop.  
But I have been monitoring that with a thermometer
and am very happy that the ventilation works well.

It is ideal for Jenny and her babes.
It would take three or four hens if you were using it as a night coop
and had the door open during the day to allow them to free-range.

In this view from the side you can see that it is a triangular prism.
Daniel is going to make benches with one shelf at the top so,
from now on, the coops will be square in profile.

Can you see the marine ply, on top of the coop, under the shelves?
In the winter these panels come out and there is
a mesh panel to keep the chooks out of the greenhouse.
(You can see this in the second/middle photo)
Two of the panels fit exactly in the grills on the door,
above and below the nest box.

In the colder weather, the chickens are protected from the draught
the warmth from their bodies will help to even out the temperature
in the greenhouse on cold nights. 

Now, isn't that clever!
Fact: Chickens' body temperatures range between 39.8C and 43.6C.


  1. What a wonderful arrangement for the chicks and the babes.

  2. Ahh - another Dr Who fan... That's an ingenious use of a greenhouse and the chickens look happy.

  3. Maybe you could harness the body heat of your chickens to make a heated propagator for your baby plants???


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