Get Farm-Fresh Eggs From Your Laying Hens

Learn how to produce your own farm-fresh eggs without making that trip to a poultry farm. Including tips on building a hen house, selecting chicken breeds and keeping the flock healthy.

Our small all-purpose barn is 16 by 30 feet. Run at capacity this efficient little building houses up to 30 laying hens and a battery broiler in one section. In the other, four milk goats and six kids or lambs, plus a six-compartment metal rabbit hutch, squab loft, milking stand, also feed and hay. No-draft ventilation with plenty of sunlight is provided by four windows facing south. A second door at the far end (not visible) opens from the goat dairy section into the fenced pasture. Small hen door on the north side lets hens out into the yard. Floor is concrete, building is regular frame and sheathing construction with cedar shingles roof of heavy green mineral surface roofing. Water is piped from the house. Cost including equipment: materials $285, labor $240.
One-third of our barn is a laying pen. Simple and cheap feed and water equipment on a sturdy homemade stand keeps feed and water clean. Also, although it doesn't show up in this snapshot, wire is stretched between roosts and dropping board for sanitation.

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