It is the Hampton Court Flower Show this week and what a week of beautiful weather they have had. It is the sort of heat that has the soil turning to dust – just right for your chickens to scratch around in.
Keeping chickens has become so popular recently. People are finding space to keep hens in their gardens, on allotments and even going as far as to get smallholdings, as part of a return to growing and producing your own food.
If you are one of the new chickerati then you might want a swanky hen house for your chocks, designed by celebrities especially for the show and for sale on eBay as a fundraising scheme for two charities – the RHS Campaign for School Gardening which promotes and funds school gardens, and the Addington Fund which supports British farming.
Bid for your celebrity hen house
Click on any of the images to bid on the hen house you want for your chickens, and if you don’t yet have chickens this could be where you start.
Sophie Conran is an English interior designer, cook and author. She has come up with this chic, cool design that would look great in any garden. Imagine decorating a playhouse or shed to match. You could have a whole village of small huts!
David Domoney, is an English gardener and broadcaster. He is famous for feeding his plants on unconventional foods – such as bananas, eggs, and beer. Eggs loom large on this hen house too as a homage to the inhabitants’ efforts. We love his cheerful design.
Philippa Forrester is an English TV and radio presenter, producer and author. You will know her from shows such as Tomorrow’s World, The Heaven and Earth Show and Robot Wars. Here she models her sophisticated hut with a feathered friend.
Kate Humble is an English television presenter, working mostly for the BBC and specialising in wildlife and science programmes. She has come up with this charming design which is part way between and alpine chalet and a strawberry planter.
Deborah Meaden is a British businesswoman who made her fortune from a holiday business, before becoming one of the ‘Dragons’ in Dragons Den. Her Gothic hen house design comes complete with dragons – that should keep the foxes away!
Florist Nikki Tibbles of Wild at Heart, creates beautiful and lavish flower arrangements, and true to form she has covered her hen house in sumptuous blooms.
Hen House Background
The initiative is a collaboration between Royal Horticultural Society and Country Living Magazine for the 2013 RHS Shows at Hampton Court Palace and Tatton Park. The handcrafted long legged hobby houses were donated by Flyte so Fancy, to buy one without the celebrity stamp on it visit their website. The chicken coops come with a pair of hens kindly donated by Backdoorshoes – see visit their website, and the eBay listing for more information.
If you build your own hen house and you want to paint your own design make sure you prepare the timber for painting properly first.