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Henny Penny Hen Houses - Hand Made in Yorkshire - Est 2012

Recommended Maintenance & Care

We want you to enjoy all Henny Penny's timber products for many years to come, so we have built them to last.  Our design makes them easy to clean and require only minimal maintenance.  However, a little love and attention will add years to the lifespan of your hen house.

Wood is a natural material that shrinks and expands according to moisture in the atmosphere.  You may find that in the first year there will be some movement in the structure. This is nothing to worry about, as it is a natural process.

The pressure treated timber we use in our chicken coops should not require any further treatment for 10 – 15 years.  However, to get the most out of your hen house we recommend that you use an eco-friendly, animal safe wood treatment every two years. This will add life to your hen house and keep the wood looking beautiful.

Finding a good position for your hen house is very important and will help preserve it. For the best positioning, site the hen house in the open well away from any trees.

The thatched roof is treated with two coats of high quality yacht varnish prior to delivery. To ensure that the roof keeps its protective lustre you should apply a further two coats every year. 

Living in North Yorkshire we know a lot about severe weather conditions, so we advise that customers living in exposed locations apply two coats of varnish twice is year. We have found that this is best way to keep your hens well warm, dry and protected.

Our Farrow & Ball range is carefully painted by hand with two coats of primer and two layers of Exterior Eggshell. These water-based paints are tough and long lasting, but as with all painted surfaces they can be subject to weathering over time if not looked after properly. To keep your paint finish in the best condition we recommend that a new topcoat be applied every year.