Now, where did I leave that?

Friday, June 15, 2012

Coop Fit For a Chicken



















It needs a few finishing touches on the outside, but the coop itself is ready for occupancy. The interior boasts two staggered roosts, and three cozy (and easy to clean) nestboxes. Tomorrow I'll spread the pine, cut the back out of the nestboxes for outside access to eggs, and get the feeder & waterer scrubbed & ready. 50 lbs of organic laying feed is in the trunk of my car (along with diatomaceous earth to mix with the pine). Sunday we'll brave the ever-so-slowly dying poison ivy (we used a mixture of 1 gallon of vinegar, 8 drops dish detergent, 1 cup salt) and get the pen done. My hope is that Monday evening Linda will pick up the three new hens on her way home from work, and we'll get them settled in. Then we'll hook up with the neighbors and collect three of the ones we gave to them last Fall when we abandoned this venture the first time around. There's still a fence to put up (we're using 8' high batting cage netting; Linda's a genius!), but we'll want to keep them close to home in the pen for the first couple of weeks anyway...

I'm pretty ready to tackle the many other things on our Summer agenda, like the gardens, so it'll feel so great to have the chickens safely ensconced. We can move on with our lives....


















This is a view of the coop from our front door...cute, huh? It's all Linda, folks...she made it work.

9 comments:

Jen said...

That is the cutest thing ever! Lucky chickens.

Robin Larkspur said...

Wow, I love it!!! The little chicken door with the black hardware is awesome! Now, is it wired for sound so you can pipe in soothing music for the biddies? I suggest Enya, or something by Vivaldi!! (chuckle; or should I say cluckle!!) Can't wait to meet the girls. Good luck with the poison ivy!

laurie said...

wow, looks great, my job growing up was feeding the chickens, I see so many people taking up raising chickens, even in the cities, it amazes me.

Nancy J said...

Now all the little coop needs is a NAME, girls installed and life will be all sunshine. Hope your girls will answer to the song" Please little hen, when,when,when, will you lay me an egg for my tea?"
Cheers from Jean

AkasaWolfSong said...

Looks cute enough to live in!!!

I'm sure the Hens will love it...as you've done an outstanding job. Truly!

Happy Weekend!!!

the wild magnolia said...

a lovely henny penny home for sure. absolutely wonderful. good job. you all have worked so hard, Linda has done a great job.

summer garden, can't wait to tag along.

happy summer to you both.

Michaele said...

This is just delightful! Like a chicken guest cottage. It is so unique and perfect I think I may be tearing up just a little. You gals Rock!

Ashling said...

Thanks everyone...the main reason we've put such 'design' into it is because of its proximity to the house and the fact that it's visible from the road. We wanted something attractive to look at, that wouldn't be readily identifiable as a coop, although we live in an area zoned rural ag. When you're going to see something every time you step outside, aethetics matter! And we wanted to make it convenient, addressing all the things that DIDN'T work last time...We hadn't considered piping in music, but we'll keep it in mind!

In My Wild Eden said...

It's so cute! I love it! We have wanted chickens for a long time, but it always seemed like too much to tackle. You inspire me to move ahead. Great post!