Oh, how I love our little coop with its cheerful red sides and the contented clucking of chickens as they dart in for some water or to lay an egg. It’s a busy place and its recent redesign made chicken ownership even sweeter.
I suppose this is what you call the “before” picture. Our reclaimed garden shed which Josh turned into a chicken coop, holds many fond memories. Our foster daughters helped me paint it (read: Farm Kids: Nature vs. Nurture), the girls excitedly collected eggs from it (read: The Sweetest Things), and my goat-kid made it his own personal playhouse while also making good use of the swings (read: Getting into the Swing of Things). Forgive me if I wax sentimental for a moment… but “before” coop and I have been through a lot together.
That said, there’s always room for improvement and that’s just what we did. I drew pictures of the vision I had for the coop once Josh suggested an expansion. We discussed our options, pile of recycled materials, and then it just sort of came together. Before long, we had an awesome coop which had plenty of room to accommodate our growing collection of fowl.
Would you look at the neato patio and additional room?
The patio area may be closed off (like when our layer pellet-loving goats are in the backyard) and then the small chicken door may be opened so the hens can still lay eggs or access food/water/roosts.
After the chickens come through the big (human) patio door, they can visit a few feeders or waterers.
The feeders hang from the ceiling:
Waterers sit on shelves in the corners:
Through a small door, the chickens enter the new room:
The new room is just for roosting. There’s a roosting ladder and the outer wall (facing the patio) has clear siding which allows the early morning sunlight to wake our slumbering birds so they can get an early start on bug-chasing and dust-bathing.
From the roosting room, the chickens may enter the original coop where there is a wall of nesting boxes and another wall with four small perches. These perches are a favorite amongst the bantams. There’s also straw bale storage above the nesting boxes.
Of course, my favorite feature never really changed at all. The girls always steal the show with their piercing eyes, proud feather fluffing, and unfailing ability to provide comedic relief.
And their elegance. I read a lot of websites and blogs about chickens but few of them mention the sheer beauty and grace of these animals.
So, what do you think? How do you like the new patio and roosting room?