Chicken Home


Aviary – Chicken Home Made from Bent Conduit and Chain Link Fencing.


This yellow rose is the most mature of many vines that I planted for shade and cover in the aviary.  My chickens love to snuggle against it in the afternoons.

By request, I am posting images of my chicken’s home.  It is still a work in progress.  The aviary, made with materials that happened to be on hand, provides protection to my chickens, but it isn’t exactly pretty.  I took down an ugly chain-link fence from my front yard and repurposed it.  I bent metal conduit and bolted it into existing posts for a chain link fence to make a frame for a “roof”.  Then I attached a rope to the chain-link fencing and pulled it over the frame.  With time climbing plants will hopefully provide shade and render the monstrosity less ugly with time.

I don’t know what for sure will survive summer Santa Ana winds and hard frosts, so I hedged my bets with several different climbing plants to provide shade and  cover for my birds.  So far I planted the yellow rose (Lady Banks?), a Cecile Brunner rose , a yellow and orange climbing rose, a pink alkaline rose, wisteria, and two grape vines around the fencing.  To date, the yellow rose is growing the fastest and provides the most cover.  I severely pruned back the Cecile Brunner rose last January to paint and weave branches into the chain link fence.   So far I planted a very small bay laurel inside the aviary.  It was burned almost to the ground by frost last winter.  For now, I surrounded it with bricks to protect what is left from frost and digging chickens.

Included in the Aviary is a compost pile.  Compost is thrown at the fence. Second stage compost passes through. First Stage compost and large second stage stay in the compost pile.


Leaf and Apricot check for table scraps, seeds, greens, and pests that need to be eaten.


About Caliche Chick

I retired from a career as an Environmental Scientist and Botanist. My first career was teaching science and English as a Second Language (ESL), and content classes for ESL students at the middle school level. I also taught introductory biology at the community college level. I have an avid interest in plants that grow with little to no irrigation. I also keep a vegetable garden, fruit trees, and back yard chickens. When I am not in my yard, I am taking Construction Technology Classes at Victor Valley College and working on my "fixer upper" home.
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