Here's a reminder of what he did prior to Christmas (thanks Ali from Mud Pie for the collage-making idea).
The box got covered in. See the front has a latch so it can be dropped down and cleaned. Also, you can see the nesting box which can be accessed for the bezillions of eggs we are surely going to have!
We found an old door (yep we have old doors just lying around!) I think this one was on the lean-to laundry that was pulled down when we extended our house 8 years ago. I sanded and painted it a favourite purpley-blue colour. Not because I wanted it to look swish (although I reckon it does) I'm too lazy for unnecessary aesthetics. But because it had peeling bits of old paint on it that I suspect was lead-based and I didn't want these chicks poisoned. Monkey Man has made a Mr Ed door by splitting it in two. Now we can just open the top part to feed the chicks greens without them racing out (another idea from VEG).
And on went the wire.
I know I said before that I was too lazy to care about aesthetics but that was a bit of a porky pie. I had my painting clothes on and the brushes out and that box just looked a bit ugly. So I gave it a splash of colour too. The little monkeys decided that they also wanted in on the act which I was none too pleased about. But we managed to keep occupied and productive without any major spillages.
Finally, on went the roof.
And da-daaaah here's the finished house.
Don't they look happy?