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Do I need a building consent for a garden shed?

Written by Outpost Buildings on November 17th, 2019.      0 comments

A very common question we get asked by our customers is “Will I need to get a building consent?”.


The answer unfortunately is not always easy to confirm straight away and depends on the size of your building, where you are in New Zealand and the intended purpose of the building.

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Custom Designed Settler Stables

Written by Outpost Buildings on October 29th, 2019.      0 comments

Outpost custom designed these stables for a customer to suit their site and requirements.

This stable design is based on our Settler stable which is a modular design. Settler Stables have a centre pitch roof that look great and is very strong.  The stables have 2 generous sized stalls with barn style wooden windows for extra ventilation and barn style front stall doors. There is a tack shed at the far end which is handy for storing feed and tack equipment.

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Fun family building projects

Written by Outpost Buildings on September 21st, 2019.      0 comments

 

Building an Outpost shed, hen house or play hut can be a great family project to do together. With easy to follow step by step instructions the whole family can get involved.

So if you’re thinking about getting the kids a play hut or a new chicken coop or garden shed then you should take a look at the great range of Outpost kitset buildings.

Getting your kids involved in a building project will help teach them practical building skills like hammering in nails and tightening screws. Children will have fun learning to use building tools and using their knowledge of maths to help measure things as required for the building.

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How to keep Rodents out of your Hen House

Written by Outpost Buildings on May 4th, 2019.      0 comments

Rodent season is upon us. This year is predicted to be particularly bad for rodents because most of the country has had a good summer and there’s been plenty of food around for rats and mice.

Click here for five easy tips to help keep rodents out of your hen house >

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Autumn Horse Care tips

Written by Outpost Buildings on March 4th, 2019.      0 comments

As we start to say goodbye to long summer days and welcome the falling leaves and cooler mornings of autumn, it’s important to remember that the change of seasons can also bring about a degree of stress for animals, including horses.

Horses are a big responsibility. They can be affected by the cooler temperatures and the decrease of daylight hours so it’s important to consider a few tips to ensure they stay happy and healthy.

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How to care for pigs

Written by Outpost buildings on December 27th, 2018.      0 comments

If you’re thinking of getting some pigs for your lifestyle block here’s a guide on what pigs need to be happy & healthy.

Pigs are very intelligent and make great pets or friendly farmyard animals. Pigs have been domesticated for thousands of years and they’re quite easy to train. They are easily motivated by food and will quickly learn to come when they are called if you call them when you feed them.

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Photo Contest: Do you have the best looking Outpost Building in NZ?

Written by Outpost Buildings on September 2nd, 2018.      0 comments

Here are the winners from our 2018 photo competition


Go to our Facebook page to see more of the photos that were entered in the competition. The contest ended on 31st October 2018. The Shanty Hen House was the prize which is worth $1040, it's a great relocatable design and suitable for up to 6 free range hens.

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Outpost Kitset Assembly - What's included and how long will it take?

Written by Outpost Buildings on July 31st, 2018.      0 comments

All Outpost Buildings are supplied as a kitset so we thought we’d put together a bit of information about our kitsets and how they are assembled. This will help you to know what to expect when you order your Outpost kitset.

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What will the kitset arrive like & include?


Outpost kitsets come well packaged with all parts precut and ready to assemble. Some parts are even semi assembled for you such as doors, gates and parts of the framing. Most parts are labelled so that you can more easily identify each part. The kitset will come wrapped in white pallet wrap to keep the parts dry and we use some timber packing when required to keep the kitset parts safe during transit.

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Product Feature: Homestead stalls with centre tackshed

Written by Outpost Buidlings on May 8th, 2018.      0 comments

Two horse stalls with handy tack shed in the middle!

The range of Homestead style stables and paddock shelters from Outpost come in a wide range of sizes and options. The one featured here has been very popular with its tack shed in the middle between two good sized stalls.

Relocatable Design

Impressively this design is relocatable if you want it to be. The base of the building sits on heavy duty bearers or “skids” as we call them and the corrugated zincalume cladding is run horizontally to give the building more strength. So once assembled the building can be lifted by hiab truck to be transported to a new property if you ever need to. If you don’t want it to be relocatable then many of our customers opt to bolt the skids to a concrete pad or put the flooring in once the building is in place. The skids are H3 ground treated so it’s fine for them to be in or on the ground and they won’t rot for over 50 years.
 

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Come see us at Fieldays 2018!

Written by Outpost Buidlings on April 27th, 2018.      0 comments

See us at Fieldays!

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The Outpost team will be at Fieldays again this year. There will be 4 buildings on display; a Garden Shed, two Hen Houses and a Livestock Shelter.

If you're thinking about buying a new shed or shelter for your animals then please come & see us to have a look at the quality of our buildings - you'll be impressed with their strength & design!

It was great to met so many lovely people last year at Fieldays, we had a great time & quite a few visits from customers. 

We will be running a WIN a Hen House Competition again! Simply come and see us at site RL57 in the Rural Living area at Fieldays to enter your name in the draw.

There will also be some great Fieldays specials on many of our products so don't miss out - come & see us at site RL57!
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Do my Chickens have mites and how do I get rid of them?

Written by Outpost Buildings on February 14th, 2018.      1 comments

Red mites are some of the most common mites that affect chickens.


Red mites are generally spread by wild birds coming into contact with your chicken coop. They hide in the dark spots of the chicken coop during the day and then come out at night to feed on your feathered friends. They’ll go hide again when the sun comes up.
To identify whether your hens have red mites or not, you’ll have to have a close look at your chickens feathers and skin. If you can see black and red small spots, then these are most likely red mites. The tiny mites vary in appearance, depending on when they last fed – a mite is only red when it has consumed blood recently and changes colour again through black to grey if it has been a while since their last feed. The best time to examine a hen house is at night, when the mites can often be seen with the aid of a torch, both on and off the bird.
 

How red mites affect your chickens:


If left untreated, the mites can cause your chickens to become anaemic and reduce their egg production. In extreme cases if left untreated, they may even cause death, so quick treatment is necessary!

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Best Boredom Busters To Keep Your Chickens Busy!

Written by Outpost Buidlings on January 12th, 2018.      0 comments

Make sure your hens have some fun this summer with these great ideas.


When chickens have little to keep them amused, they will often turn to pecking at themselves and one another- an unhealthy habit that can cause feather loss, injury and animosity among your flock.
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Straw, hay bale or lawn clippings


Putting a bale or pile of straw, grass clippings or hay in the chicken coop or run will keep your girls entertained for hours - they are not a fan of piles! Watch as they scratch and peck through the pile searching for insects, seeds and other hidden goodies until there is a pile no more.
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Hang something for them to peck at


Use a piece of string and hang something for your hens to peck at. Some ideas to use are cucumber, cabbage, cauliflower or broccoli. Dodging and pecking at the hanging treat will be a fun game for your flock, and provide them with a healthy boost of greens!
 

Mirror in the coop


Add a mirror to your backyard coop is a great way to keep your chooks from getting bored. Your curious girls will happily keep entertained by pecking at their reflection and checking themselves out to make sure they are looking their best!
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Give your hens something to peck at


If your girls are deserving of a treat, a Poultry Pecker is the answer. It will provide them with a mix of treats and nutritious ingredients alike, as well as giving them something to peck at rather than one another. Outpost sell Poultry Peckers for just $9.95 each buy online now >
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Extra perches or a swing!


Chickens love to perch, giving them new perches so they can see a different view will make them happy. Adding extra perches outside will allow your girls to get a different perspective of the great outdoors. If you want to get really creative, use pieces of wood, branches or even ladders to make your girls their own jungle gym- or even make them a chicken swing! A chicken swing can be made easily with some rope and a small branch, just hang it up low enough so they can get onto it easily and wait until they figure it out!
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Outpost Buildings sell a great range of accessories for your chickens such as pellet feeders, water fonts, chicken treats, smite powder & oyster grit. Check out the range of products for your hens online now
 

Hunter Custom Stable Design Showcase

Written by Outpost Buildings on November 21st, 2017.      0 comments

Outpost custom designed this “Hunter” style stable for a customer.

Hunter style stables from Outpost Buildings have a mono pitch roof line that is higher at the front for easy access. This makes it easier to get horses in & out of. The Hunter design is modular so can be extended to suit your needs by adding more stalls, tack rooms or covered areas.

The stable featured here has two generous sized stalls with plywood windows for extra ventilation. The solid timber stall doors are easy to use and there is an optional upgrade available to extra strong galvanised steel framed doors.
The covered area in between the two stalls is great for grooming or feeding. At the back of the covered area there is a tack room for storing feed and tack equipment.

There are clear panels in the side cladding and roof for interior lighting. The stable is designed to be built on a concrete foundation and the customer can add bedding of their choice such as stable rubber mats or sawdust.

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How to choose a Chicken Coop your hens will love

Written by Outpost Buildings on September 22nd, 2017.      0 comments

If you’re considering getting some hens then there are some things you need to know about hen houses to make sure your hens are happy.

Fresh eggs from your own hens are great but hens can be a bit fussy about when and where they lay. It's worth getting the coop right, otherwise you will be simply feeding your birds for no result.

There are heaps of designs for chicken coops online and if you have a bit of time and the ability to hammer a few nails, you will be able to find plans to build you own or you can buy one of the many kitsets available. Whatever you decide to do, here's a list of things you should make sure your hen house has to make sure you get your fair share of eggs.

  • A dry, draft free place for your hens
  • Perches for them to sleep on at night
  • Next boxes for them to lay eggs in
  • Access to food & water
  • Ventilation & light
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Collect, clean and store your eggs right!

Written by Outpost Buildings on August 1st, 2017.      0 comments

Fresh eggs is a great reason to have backyard chickens.

 
But your fresh eggs could be dangerous to eat if you don't collect, clean, and store them right.
Most chicken coops are not the cleanest places on earth. They're full of dirt, poop, and things your eyes can't see: bacteria.
If you don't clean and store your eggs right, they could bring nasty bugs into your kitchen and could harm your other foods and your health.
For that reason, follow this guide to make sure your eggs are safe to eat.
 

Collecting your fresh eggs from the coop

Check your coop at least twice a day for eggs. Once in the morning, and once in the evening. For larger flock, you may want to check at least three times a day.
But why that often?
Eggs are fragile and bacteria can easily enter the skin if there's the slightest crack on it. The longer you leave them, the higher possibility of your eggs becoming cracked.
But that's not the only reason.
Your own chickens may eat them.
Chickens, like humans, like to eat eggs (yes, even their own!). This can become a bad habit for your hens…they'll eat the egg as soon as its layed.
You also don't want your eggs to get poopy, even if you can clean them.

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