VEG Chook Systems
Note: we’re taking a temporary break from building and installing our cypress chook systems as we focus on other areas for the business for a while and train up new staff. But stay tuned, these will be available again in the not too distant future.
Backyard chickens are a win-win, and there is nothing like a few chickens in your yard to increase the amount of food you can grow. It’s not just the eggs and the wonderful company, but the free fertiliser and pest-control services that mean chickens boost your urban farm status up many levels. And you can offer some chooks a great life, far away from the cruel conditions of overcrowded barns or cages.
VEG offers both a small and a large chook house which include roosts and laying box and everything else any self-respecting chook house should have. There are many chook houses available on the market these days, but we developed our own because we’ve found nothing else that is solid and built to last, uses ethical, sustainable and completely untreated materials, and most importantly, integrates seamlessly with other aspects of an edible garden (making it easy to manage and productively use the chickens to manure, pest control, de-weed and debug your garden). VEG Chook Houses are finished to a high standard in our workshop and include:
- Ethically and locally sourced cypress macrocarpa posts, frame and weatherboards
- An egg access door and a separate door for the chooks to enter and exit
- Solid galvanised gate-style hinges and latches
- Sturdy roosts
- A removable cypress laying box
- A stainless steel mesh floor for easy manure management and ventilation
- Generous ventilation hatches to maintain a dry comfortable house throughout the year
VEG Small Chook House
VEG Small Chook House inside a VEG Strawyard
Measuring 1m long by .7m wide by 1.4m high, our small chook house sits .7 m above the ground on four posts and will comfortably house up to three large chooks (or four small ones). Remember that the chooks are only in the house to lay, sleep, and take shelter from fierce weather, so this size is more than adequate. You can see a youtube movie tour of a VEG Small Chook house here.
Probably our favorite feature is having the chook manure drop straight through the chook house floor onto waiting straw, woodchips, or even a wheelbarrow for easy transport to your vegies and fruit trees. It just makes sense.
We can either build our chook houses in our warehouse then transport them to your site by trailer and help get them in place, or supply them in kitset form with detailed assembly instructions for you to assemble yourself.
Free standing: $650 exc delivery
Kitset: $450 exc delivery (includes all timber, screws, tin, plans, instructions and instructional video).
VEG Large Chook House
VEG Large Chook House inside a VEG Strawyard
Measuring 1.5m long by 1m wide by 1.6m high, our large chook house sits .7 m above the ground on four posts and will comfortably house up to eight chooks.
Prices (all our prices include GST)
Free standing: $950 exc delivery
Kitset: $650 exc delivery (includes all timber, screws, tin, plans, instructions and instructional video).
Note: We will happily custom build chook houses in smaller or larger sizes as required
100% fox-proof and custom-built to any specifications, our straw yards adjoin or include the house and we use solid cypress posts and beams and an innovative door system to let you control the movement of the chooks without any chaos. Here’s some examples, and you can view a short tour here:
Standard 2x3m straw yard installed including barn-style double gate and sliding run access door for chooks: $1980.
Standard 2x3m straw yard in kitset form including all timber, wire, gates, screws, concrete, straw, & assembly instructions: $1180.
The ladies appreciate some space to take a little jog, and we can put in runs of any size and shape with any gates required. Here’s some examples of some recent VEG Chook runs:
We recommend having batons running along the top of the fence for a cleaner finish, tighter wire, and a nice ledge to lean on and admire the chooks.
“Which will it be? Chooks or fruit trees? I mean, I’ve only got so much room out there…”
The answer, our friends, is to have both. Chooks and orchard systems are completely complimentary. Chooks suppress grass, provide pest control and fertilise your orchard, while the orchard provides your chooks with shelter and all the excess fruit you don’t eat. Contact us to find out how you can save by having your orchard and chooks installed as a single integrated system supplying eggs, fruit and immense satisfaction.
If you are not sure about the best way to organise your yard, and need design assistance in siting and organising your system – we can come and perform an initial design consultancy to make sure you get the most out of your system.
Not sure if you can keep chooks in Melbourne? Click here.