Create Your Own Alternative, DIY
Hentopia Coop and Hen Habitat
(same program offered on two days)
$35 per person (not a kid friendly space unfortunately)
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(Through Paypal you can either pay with an
online bank account, credit or debit card.)
Date and time :
(rain or shine)
In my garden at 1412 N. Mangum St., Durham, NC 27701
What do you get?:
Design/Build Hands-On Demo & Tour:
(Use Paypal button below to reserve your space. Must pay in advance to ensure your spot. )
My wife says that we spend less time doing chores than we spend cooking the eggs. Other coop designers can’t say that—and I’ve seen hundreds of coop set-ups from all over the country.
Learn how to manage the feed, water, poop, eggs and other hen issues in a way that allows you to safely take two-week vacations. Your birds and their hen habitat will happily and safely operate on autopilot while you’re away.
I’m a carpenter, designer, I write the “Coop Builder” column for Chickens magazine and I'm writing The Book on trouble-free coops for Storey Publishing. Check my audience reviews from my workshops: http://www.greatgardenspeakers.com/listing/reviews/frank-hyman
You’ll learn how to:
1) Set up a waterer that rarely needs refilling and never gets “fowled” up.
2) Create a feeding system that's safe from rodents, doesn’t waste food and rarely needs refilling.
3) How to set-up a coop door that opens in the morning while you’re still asleep and then automatically closes at night after your hens go in to roost.
4) How to keep your birds 100% safe from all kinds of predators without breaking the bank.
5) How to harvest eggs with the least hassle.
6) How to have a hen habitat that isn’t muddy, poopy, nasty or stinky.
7) How to integrate chicken poop in your compost system in the least amount of time with the most benefit.
8) How to make your hen habitat into an edible mushroom garden.
9) And even a little bit about making your Hentopia kinda pretty too.
These and many other skills can be learned for-
$35 per person,
by Paypal button below,
to reserve a spot,
rain or shine (gardeners don’t melt in the rain!).
Spots go quickly and have sold out for each of the last half dozen coop workshops.
For an additional $5 cash--and with advance notice to me--you can bring a 5-gallon bucket
and we'll make an “artisanal” chicken waterer that rarely needs refilling
[we’ve refilled our waterer maybe twice a year]. I'll provide guidance and additional parts.
Option #2: Also for an additional $10 cash--and with advance notice to me--you can bring a 5-gallon bucket with lid and we'll make an “artisanal” chicken feeder that rarely needs refilling, is weather proof and rodent-proof. I'll provide guidance and additional parts.
Bring a sketch of your proposed coop if you want feedback or get my help in sketching one out.
Workshop attendees will also receive a one-page handout of websites, books and other resources to help them sustain their efforts.
After paying on Paypal below, send RSVP's, your chosen date, whether you want to make a waterer and/or feeder and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frank, dressed for his chicken chores on Sunday. Or maybe not.
Our pagoda-roofed Hentopia...
DIY Design/Build Coop Workshops
and Backyard Beautilities
Beautiful and functional outdoor
amenities for the urban villager.
1412 North Mangum,
Durham, NC 27701
Do you want to keep a few chickens as “pets with benefits,”
but don’t want a lot of extra work? Some henkeepers find it takes less time to
clean up after their chickens than it takes to cook their eggs. Why? Because of
the many time-saving features Frank Hyman builds into a custom coop (or “hen
1) the waterer rarely needs refilling,
2) the coop door
automatically lets hens in and out,
3) the nest box and coop are easy to clean
4) the hens can’t foul (fowl?) the feeder or waterer so there’s less mess
to clean up.
Most importantly, #5) Frank builds a beautiful coop that pleases
Henkeepers can even take a two-week vacation knowing their birds will be fed, watered and safe from critters without needing attention from humans. Frank calls this kind of chicken coop Hentopia, but it’s the henkeepers who benefit most.
Frank is a carpenter and designer as well as the Coop Builder columnist
magazine, the leading periodical on backyard poultry.
But Frank’s coop-building services are not
everywhere. To curtail his carbon footprint (and commuting time), Frank
works in Durham’s “bungalow neighborhoods”--think of a circle, near
roughly within NC 70, I-85, 15-501, Cornwallis Road and Riddle Road. Since 1992, Frank has had hundreds of clients in neighborhoods like Trinity Park, Trinity Heights, Burch Ave., Morehead Hill, Forest Hills, Duke Forest, Duke Park, Old North Durham, West Durham and Watts-Hospital Hillandale.
Other Backyard Beautilities that Frank offers to Durham’s urban villagers ( email Frank for photos and details and to arrange appointments):
1) Sculptural Clothesline Posts
2) Solar Ovens
3) Outdoor Showers
4) Wood-fired Pizza Ovens
5) Hen habitat
Frank also sells gift certificates for each workshop.
When you buy a space(s) in a workshop, email Frank the names of attendees, whether you want to make a waterer, address for sending a gift certificate and any questions.
If you have to cancel, doing so at least one week ahead of the date gets you a 50% refund. No refund if canceling within one week of the date of your workshop as we may not have time to find someone to fill that space (but we bet you can find someone to take your place and reimburse you!)