What’s believed to be the world’s first fox-proof chicken house is being manufactured from high density polythene Click & Fix plastic planking made by Tatra Plastics, of Norwood Green.
All the walls and roof panels are made from Click & Fix, while the metalwork, the roof edging and cap are made from a plastic coated galvanized steel sheet.
That stops foxes and badgers from chewing or digging their way in, which often happens with the traditional wooden houses.
The hen houses are made by Mark Francis Ltd, of Chicester, and Mr Francis said the houses drastically reduce the loss of birds from attack by vermin.
“Badgers are even worse than foxes for raiding chicken houses because they’re built for digging and have really powerful claws,” he said.
“However, neither badgers nor foxes are able to dig or chew their way in through the plastic walls, floor or roof panels.”
An added bonus is Click & Fix plastic planking makes the houses very easy to clean out quickly.
They can be steam-cleaned or power washed and, as the material is non-absorbent, will dry in a matter of minutes.
The current range of chicken houses are for eight through to 48 birds, and there are plans on the drawing board for larger chicken sheds made from the plastic planking that, between them, are for everyone from the back garden hobbyist to the commercial chicken farmer.