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A whole new Chicken Coop for our hens at this authentic rural Andean farm in Colombia. Built to last and benefit all (mostly Chickens).
A whole new Chicken Coop for our hens at this authentic rural Andean farm in Colombia. Built to last and benefit all (mostly Chickens).
15 backers pledged £608 to help bring this project to life.

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View out over our Andean farm in Colombia.
View out over our Andean farm in Colombia.

This Kickstarter project will completely fund a newly built and well designed practical hen house (Gallinero), for at least a dozen hens. It will be light, dry and airy, offering safety from predators during night fall and grant them plenty of freedom during the day. Reduce possible illnesses and will result in healthier happier and more productive chickens. It will be easy to maintain and keep clean at all times. It will also offer a fresh supply of water, bedding and protection from weather for all chickens.

This is a local artist's impression of the finished build.
This is a local artist's impression of the finished build.

Our emphasis will be a keen focus on using renewable and sustainable materials such as bamboo (Guadua) grown within our farms ground as well as recycling suitable materials from disused buildings.

This is a sketch of the plans for the chickens' new home.
This is a sketch of the plans for the chickens' new home.

Our chickens are very important to the sustainability of our rural farm. Providing a critical source of food in the way of eggs and poultry. They support ourselves as well as many other local families. We are self certified organic. All our chickens are organic and totally free range, returning to their shelter only during brooding, bad weather and night fall.

Important eggs provided by our hens.
Important eggs provided by our hens.

The present chicken coop is an old outbuilding originally built to house a pig. This building has become dilapidated and no longer suitable to house our important and much needed chickens. Cracks have appeared in the building's fabric and it offers poor protection to the elements such as wind and rain.

We are a family farm founded in the 1970s as a proud sugarcane plantation, however it fell into a long period of disrepair and neglect. It has now passed onto a new generation and we are keen to bring it back to it's former glory with many successes already under our belt. Our efforts are towards a self-sustainable, authentic and ecologically sound farm.

Present chicken coop that is now no longer suitable.
Present chicken coop that is now no longer suitable.

We really hope to reach the target and make this important project a reality. All aspects have been costed. All funds pledged here will pay for critical materials needed of which we do not have available on the farm. This will on an occasion require an expert craftsman to work with our farm's bamboo. The fund will pay for roofing, nails, cement, mesh wire and all other such materials needed to complete this project. All labour and materials are costed, reserved and committed to by suppliers, awaiting this Kickstarter fund.

If we do over reach the required target, every penny will go towards the chickens and bettering their lives. We can go further with landscaping beneficial foliage that will offer greater nutritional value. This foliage will be available while they naturally forage. It will also help fund future maintenance to the new hen house. Depending on how large the over pledge might be, we will put it towards a veterinary fund, in case there's any concerning illnesses with our chickens.

Thank you so much for reading and pledging whatever you can. Please help spread the word with our #VamosChicken hastag below or just tweet and share on facebook. We'll be following along too. Gracias.

Our project campaign hastag on Twitter: #VamosChicken and facebook: #VamosChicken.

Helping hands bringing feed and bedding to our hens.
Helping hands bringing feed and bedding to our hens.
A local farm family to whom our eggs benefit.
A local farm family to whom our eggs benefit.
Present dilapidated building that we need to rehouse our chickens from.
Present dilapidated building that we need to rehouse our chickens from.
Chickens receiving a tasty snack of fresh greenery on a rainy day.
Chickens receiving a tasty snack of fresh greenery on a rainy day.
Our bamboo plantation, some of which will be used for the build and replenished through assisted recovery.
Our bamboo plantation, some of which will be used for the build and replenished through assisted recovery.

Here's the local music we used for our video.

Risks and challenges

This project will happen as it is crucial to our farm's existence. The only major risk would be a delay caused by prolonged, strong or hazardous weather. Any delays will be communicated.

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    Pledge £1 or more About $1.67

    [A little something for the chicks.] We'll give you a follow and a great BIG shout-out on Twitter and / or facebook.

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    [I want to be a part of this.] As above, plus a regular project Newsletter. Newsletter will have all the happenings on the project's progress with pictures. As well as an inclusion in the projects credits to be displayed on our website.

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    Pledge £25 or more About $42

    [This is a Great project. I want it to succeed.] All as above, plus permanent link and personal mention as one of our special sponsors on our website (please, no lewd or offensive content). You'll also receive a personal Certificate of your backing upon project's completion (by PDF file).

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    Pledge £45 or more About $75

    [Name'a Chick!] All as above, plus a name plaque to be dedicated to one of our housed hens (please no lewd or offensive names). This will become her name. We will call her by this name and your personal certificate will picture her with her plaque. The plaque will be assigned to her nest box upon the project's completion.

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    Pledge £80 or more About $134

    [I'll name the Cockerel!] All as above, but this time, instead of the hen naming and plaque, you will get to name our Big Boy, The Don, Macho, Casanova, Don Juan,. In other words the one and only Cock (please no lewd or offensive names). This will become his name. We will call His Honour by your chosen name and your personal certificate will picture the lucky guy with his plaque. The plaque will be assigned to his quarters upon the project's completion.

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    Pledge £100 or more About $167

    [Name the whole project!] All as above minus naming plaques. You will be able to name the whole project upon completion! Your chosen name will become the name of our chickens' new home. It will also be displayed upon the build's entrance in the way of a plaque. We will also refer to it under your chosen name on all occasions including blog and social media posts. (please no lewd or offensive terms)

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    Pledge £200 or more About $335

    [I want to be there!] All as above, minus naming plaques and project's naming. But you will get an amazing all day tour for you and one other at our farm, experiencing the wonderful rural Andean environment here in Colombia. Get up close to many different aspects of our traditional farm and see the lucky ones you've made so happy with your important pledge to our project. (Reward does not cover transport costs to our farm. The planned day visit will need to be agreed two Months in advance. This reward can be transferred to two associated nominees. Reward is to be taken before the end of 2015.)

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Funding period

- (55 days)