Moving the Hen Hut

by Jessie K on December 22, 2012

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe’ve had the Hen Hut over the vegetable garden since October — chicken poop is great fertilizer — but a hawk recently spotted their grazing grounds and has been hunting the ladies daily. We’ve lost three hens so far.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe bird Winnebago won’t budge.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s stuck in the mud.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is what happens when you leave the Hen Hut any one place too long.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATime to break out the big guns.  (Commence dramatic black and white photo sequence now.)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe mud is no match for Jake’s Bobcat. He expertly lines up the hitch to the knob thingie.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI lower the Hen Hut onto the hitch. With glee and gusto.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Bobcat pulls the Hen Hut out of the mud…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA…and carries it away.  Hey! Where are you going?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s like the tornado blowing Dorothy’s house away…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA…and lands in a strange new world.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe hens emerge into a brilliant new technicolor world…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA….where fresh tasty clover awaits. It was planted by Jake last spring so the broiler chickens and the laying hens’ eggs are extra tasty.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe hens are happy in their clover-laden new home. But we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for signs of the hawk.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Karen S. December 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm


Hope you don’t lose anymore of the ladies. I’ll have to show the boys pictures of Jake moving the henhut with the bobcat. They’ll like that.
I will also be using your eggs today to make a few holiday cheesecakes. And I’m canning up a batch of your bananna rum butter for Christmas presents from Tart and Sweet.
Merry Christmas!

julie December 22, 2012 at 3:43 pm


Are those Golden Comets?

Victoria Miller December 24, 2012 at 10:52 am


Love this! I read about the Hut in your book and was wondering exactly what it looked like. We’ll be up there this week, maybe we’ll find you and get some eggs.
Merry Christmas!

Lisa December 26, 2012 at 2:17 pm


Hawks seem to be awful this year. So many of my friends with chickens are reporting tons of hawk sightings. Sadly, when you free range, you’re asking to lose some….or all.

Jessie K December 30, 2012 at 10:18 am


We’ve lost a couple more! Jake may have to go Elmer Fudd on that hawk.

Janelle December 31, 2012 at 11:20 pm


D*@n hose hawks! They took out quite a few of our meet hens this summer and my husband made Fort Knox out of netting and fencing. None went missing after that. Good luck with yours.

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