If you raise chickens you will quickly learn that you need an isolation space for chickens that are sick, injured or are just too aggressive.

Originally, we put together spaces as needed using straw bales and chicken wire.

We needed our isolation space often enough that I decided to make something permanent.

The henitentiary has two separate spaces. Each about 2 feet by 4 feet, complete with roost.

It is constructed from about (10) 8 foot 2x4s, chicken wire, hinges and latches.

6 of the 2x4s were cut into 4 foot lengths. Two 4 foot by 4 foot squares were constructed (top and bottom), which were then connected together with 4 foot 2x4s.

First, two 8 foot 2x4s were cut in half the long way to make the doors, roost and the board that forms the bottom of the door opening.

One 4 foot 2×4 divides the front into two halves and is used for the door latches.

Build the doors next, so you can fit them into the opening at the front. The doors need 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch clearance on each side. The doors are constructed with lap joints. Click here to look at photos of lap joints being constructed.

At this point, I installed the chicken wire from the inside and added a middle piece between the two sides. I just stapled it to the wood and wired it together. Note that the floor is open.

The boards for the roost were installed and finally the roost. I had to cut holes into the chicken wire to get the roost through.

I keep it inside a building, so it doesn’t need a roof or sides. In the Winter, I attach foam insulation, to hold in warmth.

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