News

Shed more like 'Chooky Hilton'

Mark Valencia is in the running to win due to his converted Cheap Shed. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News
Mark Valencia is in the running to win due to his converted Cheap Shed. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News Vicki Wood/sca221112shed

THERE'S nothing fowl about Mark Valencia's chicken shed.

The Bellmere resident has transformed an aviary-type Absco shed into a haven for his chooks, complete with nesting boxes and other creature comforts.

It's a change that has also seen Mark enter his modified chicken coop into the Cheap Sheds We Love Our Aussie Shed Competition (The 2012 Shed Contest).

"I was looking for something to house my flock and I came across a large Absco aviary-type shed and thought about what I could do with it," Mark said.

"It wasn't too difficult to convert, with the addition of nesting boxes inside I've made it quite favourable for the chickens."

Along with the modified chicken shed, Mark has created an area for the poultry and they come from all directions when it's food time.

Mark and wife Nina were both in the Army for many years. They settled in Bellmere with their two young sons for a change of scenery and the opportunity to create a self-sufficient lifestyle.

With Nina at work, Mark is based at home and has his own website Self Sufficient Me in which he talks about aspects of self-sufficiency.

"Being self-sufficient is something I'm passionate about and it's rewarding once you put the initial groundwork in," he said.

When you walk into their backyard it's obvious how much work they've done in six years.

"We've built a vegetable patch, there's an orchard and herbs and we have a treatment plant for our septic system with all water going on other plants and the yard," Mark said.As well as using eggs in their meals, the family also use duck eggs which Mark said "make a good pavlova".

"We skip the fresh food section when shopping, as we have everything in our own back yard," he said.

"It's a great way to save money, reduce waste and we have a lot of healthy options right outside our door."

SHED COMP

Vote for Mark Valencia at contest.cheapsheds.com.au

There are also two garden sheds being given away to two lucky voters, just for supporting a contestant

Voting closes November 30


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'David and Goliath' battle over Narangba road plans

MEASURING UP: John Hennessy said a proposed road would resume 15 meters of land off many properties in the Narangba area.

Narangba locals left scratching their head over council's actions.

'I thought I was going to die': Teen girl's terror

STANDING TALL: Rhylie Coutts at the Wamuran IGA where she was held up at gunpoint.

A Wamuran teen's terrifying brush with death at a grocery store.

Morning tea supporting DV prevention

SHOW SUPPORT: Head along to the morning tea on May 20 to show your support for domestic violence prevention.

The event will raise funds for local domestic violence services.

Local Partners

Toorbul rural firies open doors to community

After nine years with the Toorbul Rural Fire Brigade, Rhonda Iverson knows first hand the hard work and dedication of the team of volunteers.

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

What public holidays are left in 2017

Ipswich residents will get the day off tomorrow for the show.

IPSWICH residents will get tomorrow off for the show

Caitlyn comes home to launch debut album

Gympie's Caitlyn Shadbolt will launch here debut album Songs On My Sleeve at an exclusive all-ages concert in Gympie on Friday, May 26.

Win tickets to Caitlyn's album launch

Casual Keanu says fame is ‘cool’

NOBODY expected much of Keanu Reeves' action thriller John Wick when it was released in 2014.

19 dead after blast targets kids at Ariana Grande concert

There have been multiple confirmed deaths after 'explosions' heard at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

"We saw blood on people when we got outside."

Ariana Grande breaks her silence after fatal blast

According to reports quoting witnesses, a mass emergency evacuation was prompted after explosions were heard at the end of US singer Ariana Grande's concert in the arena.

The entertainment industry is in shock after attack on concert

Pitch Perfect star suing Woman’s Day over ‘liar’ articles

Actor Rebel Wilson outside court on Friday.

REBEL Wilson's career destroyed by grubby campaign, court hears.

Seven Year Switch: The boner to end all boners

Johnny’s outraged over claims he has a cracked boner.

She gulps. Her face says it all.

Bay to star in Hollywood shark thriller ‘Cage Dive’

Cage Dive, written and directed by Gerald Rascionato, is now screening in the United States of America. It had scenes filmed in Hervey Bay.

And our visiting humpback whales also make appearance.

Celebrity sex tapes: Where does all that money go?

Basically, did Paris and Kim earn fortunes from their videos?

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

Deputy Premier makes massive call on controversial sand mine

Aerial view of the proposed Forest Glen sand mine.

BREAKING: State Government makes huge call on Coast sand mine plans

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!