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The Chicken Coop Addition

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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.

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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?

Hens in straw, coop in background

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.

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After the chickens come through the big (human) patio door, they can visit a few feeders or waterers.

Chicken Coop addition

The feeders hang from the ceiling:

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Waterers sit on shelves in the corners:

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Through a small door, the chickens enter the new room:

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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.

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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.

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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.

Buff Orpington hen in a nesting box

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.

Beautiful Buff Orpington Hen

So, what do you think? How do you like the new patio and roosting room?

  • Linda Sue - Love it! We don’t allow our chickens to free range (too many predators) so we added a covered “run” to their coop – yours is quite impressive – are y’all selling some of the eggs? You have a LOT of chickens if they are all laying hens. We have 8 golden comets and they have been so consistent with their production – I even feed some of their eggs back to them in the very cold weather. Quite the chateau de chicken you have going now!ReplyCancel

  • Tia Julie - Totally AWESOME!ReplyCancel

  • Rosa - Lovely! A beautiful chicken coop!

    cheers,

    RosaReplyCancel

  • Dawn - A wonderful and elegant addition for your fine feathered friends. They are lucky birds. Good work.ReplyCancel

  • Momisodes - What a fabulous place for them! It looks like they’re enjoying it.ReplyCancel

  • Andrew Odom - What is interesting is that the straw bale storage probably acts as great insulation for the colder months. My wheels are spinning now for my own coop as I have used two extra thick moving company quilts (hung up, of course) to shield from the nasty northern wind.

    I was also curious as to why you have so many chickens. Perhaps I missed a post somewhere along the line? Are you raising chicks? Are all your hens layers? If so, how many eggs are y’all getting a day?

    Whatever the case, I love the multiple rooms that provide plenty of options for the flock. You can never be sure where the fickle flock will want to dirt bathe from day to day!ReplyCancel

  • Kath - What an adorable chicken condo!!ReplyCancel

  • Jeni Hill Ertmer - Boy -I don’t know what happened as to why I lost you on my Reader -actually you were still there but nothing was coming through to me as it being updated but anyway, I’m really glad you’re coming through, loud and clear, again on my Reader.

    Oh -and I love the new chicken coop, addition and all. So true too about how pretty -how regal -these animals are.ReplyCancel

  • Julie at Elisharose - I am sighing deep, jealous sighs. It looks wonderful. If this ends up being our permanent home, I am already mapping out how we can give our girls a bigger space.ReplyCancel

  • Marlene - Hi there,
    I really like what you have done for the addition and especially from recycled wood too. Your man is a great carpenter and you plan things out well. Great team and nice farm…….. love alwaysReplyCancel

  • Fishing Guy - Lacy: super photos of the chickens and the expanded coup, nicely done Josh.ReplyCancel

  • Simple Livin' gal - Andrew: We get anywhere from 2-3 dozen eggs a day from our flock. We sell, give away, or donate the eggs that Josh doesn’t eat. Josh eats about a dozen eggs each day all on his own. So, we would need more than a dozen birds no matter what but it is sure nice to be able to donate eggs to church breakfasts and give eggs to our friends.

    Fishing Guy: Thank you! The photos of the inside of the coop and patio were actually really difficult to take because it is such a small space and I wanted really show off the shelves and details.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Thanks for visiting me:) Enjoyed your blog too, will be back to browse when I have more time!!ReplyCancel

  • sugar plum fairy - I so muc loved ur squirrels…i rescued 2 pairs too…twice…name d’em tom n Jerry :-))))
    even carried ’em to a very formal party …yeah they travelled everywhere with me in my loose hair n walked up and down my arms……a lot of people still remember them n me….:-)))))
    Oh i carried a little bag with milk and water (diluted milk every half an hour my vet told me:-))) )and a dropper ….

    They lived in my room and made thier own nest ,near my bed window…they refused to move from there and though they did bite at times ,they never ever bit me …we played and had fun …and as they grew from babies to young adults …they left home in the morning and returned in the evening straigh to my room….and hopped around the kitchen for lunch and nibbles and nuts…..

    I have absolutely beautiful memories of em…..

    Oh chicken and i get excited too….well i had a cock too that grew up in my room and even went for a holiday with me ,in a little basket…..u called out his name and he simply came charging ,more than running and flew right in my arms…..frens who saw this say they never saw anyhting like this…he slept in my bed too….oh yeah and he did mix around with all the hens we had in our coop….urs is super and love ur site …well am way way excited now:-))))ReplyCancel

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