A complete guide on the construction


ehs construction

To begin, you will need to gather the following materials:

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1 x wooden board, at least 80cm long and 20cm wide

– 2 x wooden dowels, each at least 50cm long

– 1 x metal wire, at least 1m long

– 3 x screws

– Hammer

– Saw

Next, cut the board into two pieces, each 40cm long and 10cm wide. Then, using the hammer and saw, create two notches in one end of each wooden dowel, as shown in the diagram. These notches will be used to secure the dowels into the board.

Now, attach one 10cm x 40cm board to each end of the metal wire using 2 of the screws. The length should be adjusted so that when placed on its side, it is 30cm off the ground, and has a 70° angle from horizontal. This will allow your chickens easy access to and from the high wire.

Once you have created a small version of the ehs, it’s time to try it out on some chickens! If you want to make a hens-only enclosure, we recommend about 2 square meters per adult chicken. Remember that this area must be divided into a lower and upper side by a piece of high tensile wire.

Try to make the enclosure at least 0.5m tall, with a ratio of 1:1 between length and height. To increase its efficiency, cover the floor of the ehs with loose soil or sand. This allows your hens to dig their nesting holes which are vital for healthy egg production.

Note:

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Remember that the best ehs will be built with materials available in your country, at a low cost! Our guide to building an enclosure has been written based on the standards in Australia.

If you are still unsure about how to build your ehs, find someone who already has one and see if they would like to share their knowledge with you.

There are a few things to keep in mind when constructing an ehs:

Firstly, it is important to make sure that the angle of the enclosure is correct, so that your chickens can easily access the high wire. Secondly, the height of the enclosure is important, as it should be at least 0.5 meters tall. This will protect your chickens from predators.

Finally, it is important to cover the floor of the ehs with loose soil or sand, as this allows your hens to dig their nesting holes which are vital for healthy egg production.

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