Hennebago

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Description:

The Hennebago is a true chicken tractor — that is, a chicken coop on wheels, without a floor, so it can be moved around the yard easily.  Wherever the Hennebago goes, the chickens peck the ground clean of vegetation, and leave behind fertilizer!  Cleaning the Hennebago is a breeze, as one whole side opens up for easy hose-out.

The hens can remain confined in the Hennebago’s small run — in which case we move the tractor daily.  We can also open the little gate at the bottom and set up a portable “puppy yard” to create little play place — in which case we move the tractor weekly.  This summer, we set the girls to work clearing the whole back forty, and they’re having a blast.

 

The Hennebago is a simple, unglamorous, highly functional portable henhouse that an ordinary mortal can keep in a dumpy back yard.  It easily accommodates our flock of four hens, Batman (Black Australorp), Lucia (Rhode Island Red), Ladybird (Silver-Laced Wyandotte), and Nevaeh (Americauna).  They all share one nest box.

Unique:

The girls have the run of the entire yard, yet they sleep safe at night, thanks to the handy electric door with a light sensor and a little solar panel that recharges the battery so it doesn’t need a cord from the house.  The girls run around all day, then put themselves to roost at dusk and the door shuts at dark.

A waterer with a float-valve keeps fresh water available 24/7.

Offering:

Ice-cold honey lemonade made with our own lemons and very local honey from our neighbors’ beehive.  I’ll probably serve baked goodies, too.