Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Erection of Pondside Lodge - A Story In Pictures

Today, as promised, I can give the full-frontal, explicit and unexpurgated story of the erection of our new chicken house.

We have been the proud owners of an Eglu, manufactured by Omlet, for some time now.

Here's our current eglu ...

... and the current residents. As you can see it's a little cosy for six bantams. Some new accommodation was needed. That's when Mrs Crox decided to order the altogether more palatial Eglu Cube. As our entire garden acts as the chicken run, we ordered ours sans the wire-frame run.

It arrived last Thursday as a pile of very large boxes ...
... which, when unpacked, made a very large pile of stuff.
Omlet thinks of everything - they even provide you with a few eggboxes
and, if you want, the chickens to lay the eggs to fill them.

The eglu cube is simplicity itself to assemble, needing only a cross-head screwdriver.
However, it's probably a good idea to have help
and some experience of self-assembly furniture. Not a problem for Your Host, who has got every single allen key IKEA has ever made, and has successfully put together a 'BENNY' Large-Hadron Collider in beech-finished particle-board, and a 'MOOMIN' uranium-enriching ultracentrifuge in plain unvarnished pine.

The Eglu Cube has a set of wheels, rather like (says Mrs Crox) a Victorian bathing machine. Here I am attaching the wheels to the base.
and here's the base, with the wheels attached.
But wait, there's more. Then you add the front ...
... attach the ladder ...
... and then the sides, and the roosting bars.. The nestbox (on the left) can seat several chooks at once, whereas in the old Eglu there's only room for one at a time, which caused a lot of squabbling as the chooks lined up like fractious teenagers outside a nightclub.

Here it is showing how you can remove the plastic roosting bars, and slide out the poo trays, which are emptied simply on the compost heap. A lot more hygienic and easier to clean than a wooden chicken coop.
Here is Mrs Crox showing how to gain access to the nestboxes through the side-hatch.
Fitting the lid - which slides to and fro for easier access -
is the only slightly tricky part. I should add that the Eglu Cube's parts all fit, within reasonable tolerance, and are of extremely high quality. Which is just as well, given that it cost £££.
Before you know it, these highly prestigious waterside apartments are finished, modelled here by Crox Minima:
... with a finishing touch by Crox Minor.
Here is Mrs Crox putting some straw in the nestbox.
... and introducing two new residents.
But what of the old Eglu? Ah, well, for that you'll have to tune in tomorrow for the next eggciting installment.


  1. Are you charging the chickens a higher rent now they have a palatial dwelling?

  2. Yes, but as they can now claim a second-home allowance for the old Eglu, they'll be quids in.

  3. Oh in that case, I hope you've bought an island for any ducks that might be passing.

  4. Eggcellent idea. As you see from the picture, I already have the pond.

  5. The wire run for the original Eglu looks to be a pretty decent size, especially for a suburban Texan eggery, which is limited to 3 hens. Couldn't do without it, either, given the variety of predators roaming the 'hood.

    And I love how IKEA gives every item a name ... looking through the catalog is like reading the prose Eddas.