How to convert an old greenhouse frame as a Chooks house
We have a greenhouse frame that I think will be a great home for Chooks. I do not want to get Chooks before all the housing is done as they will decimate the garden. If I cover most with wire and then create a house at the end I think that will cover it. I have read of a method called “petrified hessian”. Has anyone heard of it? I don’t have many DYI skills so thought this might be within my skill base.
If anyone has suggestions, that would be appreciated.1 thumbs up!Posted 12 months ago
I converted my existing greenhouse to a duckhouse using the existing shadecloth sides, just adding chicken wire where necessary. However, I currently find mice eating holes through the shadecloth. ‘Petrified hessian’ might be the answer.
I did a little research, and it is basically a cement mix covering the hessian. Other materials can be used, including old sheets in place of the hessian. The hardest part is apparently getting the cement mixture onto the material and the material fixed in place before it dries. However, I would think you should be able to do this without too much trouble at all. I cemented the surround to my duck pond all by myself (and I’m a little old lady) the secret was to mix a small quantity and apply it quickly. Choose a cooler day and the mixture won’t dry out as fast.
Here is recipe for petrified hessian from Yahoo Groups
5 liters water
Good luck. Let us know how it goes if you try it out.
1 thumbs up!Posted 11 months ago | Last edited 11 months ago
Thanks. I’ve read a few more books now and the design keeps changing. Still not sure what the end result will be. Will let you knw when I get there.
0 thumbs up!Posted 11 months ago
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