The Chicken Coop – Then and Now
I LOVE my chicken coop! I bought it from here. I had them create a coop that was 8′ x 4′ x 6′ high, and had them add an external nesting box, 3 windows, 1 clean out door, 1 door i can walk through, and 1 small door for the chickens on the opposite side. I think it came out pretty good, although I would change one thing. I would remove 1 of the windows and make the clean out door as big as possible.
They came to my house and had it semi-assemble and then completely assembled it there. They were pretty fast setting it up! It was a father and son team. It was so endearing.
Mr. Wonderful and I just had to paint it ourselves. It really transformed it into something spectacular!!
Here is the painted and installed coop right in the middle of our back yard, with my beautiful model, Honey. You’re probably asking, why would you put it in the middle of your yard?!, as did some folks did. Well, I have a couple of reasons. One, our city requires us to have it 20 feet from the property lines, so that didn’t leave me with much option, and two, I’m planning on having two separated runs connected to the coop. They’ll be able to graze on one run, while the other is out of bounds growing food for us. That’s the plan anyways.
This is the first time I let the chickens out of the coop to graze. They loved it and now complain when I don’t let them out! Sheesh. So I try to let them out for a couple of hours after I get home from work. I don’t want them out when I’m not there because we have tons of haws around our area.
This area will become my vegetable garden, segregated from the rest of our yard by the black fencing we bought at the big box store. I really wished they sold them in white, but they will do just fine. You can see the pink out line of string I used to figure out where my beds will be. It will be glooooorious!
I’ve placed some potted trees around the coop to help shade the girls during the day. I’m still debating on what kind of permanent trees I want around the coop. I’m thinking a big avocado tree around the front, to help shade the top of the coop from the hot afternoon sun.
Any suggestion on the type of tree/plant to shade the coop?