Feathered Friends

The Coop

24 April, 2013

We have been so busy trying to prepare for the arrival of our hens…starting off with the coop.  I thought I would go ahead and show you guys our future hens…future home.

How darn cute is that wooden chicken?  Found it on Etsy.  I plan to paint the name of the coop on the chicken sign if I can ever come up with something clever enough.

The coop measures 4×4 and provides ample space for 4 lovely hens and perhaps a couple more later on down the road…

On the inside, there are 3 roosts and 3 nesting boxes.  The hens will probably fight over just one of those boxes!

The floor slides out for easy cleaning, although, it is quiet heavy!

The boxes are easily accessible from the outside.  I suppose I will need to add a lock to this…just to be on the safe side.

There is a heavy door which opens and closes by a pulley.

There is a 4×8 run, but I plan to allow supervised free ranging daily.

They will have plenty of fun scurrying about while I am out in the yard.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of big birds flying around here so I will have to keep a close watch.

Every coop needs a picket fence…

…and yes…I am fully aware that those marigolds will not last long once the hens have arrived.  Why do you suppose I planted them?  :-)

Hopefully, our chickies will be ready to be picked up in four weeks…fingers crossed.

We still have plenty of time to purchase their bedding and food and all of the “important” stuff…what?  A solar lantern isn’t “important”?  Heehee…

Oh…and every flock of hens needs a rooster to watch over them…

Found that super cute weathervane at Joannes.

CANNOT wait to join the wonderful world of backyard chicken owners!  We are super excited!!

I’ve been doing a lot of research, but if any of your guys have some words of wisdom…then do share!

Thank you so much for visiting!

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82 Comments

  • Reply Cilla 24 April, 2013 at 10:31 am

    What about “white chicks?” Get it?

    • Reply Luisa 24 April, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      I didn’t get it at first…but then after a little explanation…ha! I am a little slow sometimes. I live in White…so they are “The White Chicks!”

  • Reply Carol T a.k.a. 1HotGran 24 April, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Oh my, I am so excited for you!! One of my sisters and I spent most of our summers growing up (roughly age 2 to 10) with a friend of my Dad’s that had a big old country house, farm and chicken coop, it was wonderful, I often wish I could be there again. Your coop is so cute, I think you will have some really happy chickens.

    • Reply Luisa 24 April, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Oh…I hope so Carol!!

  • Reply Rendi 24 April, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Lol, I love you lulu! I can’t wait for my fresh eggs!

    • Reply Luisa 24 April, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      Haha! Love you too Rendi…and I can’t wait either!!

  • Reply Jason 24 April, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    That is an amazing coop!!! Did you design the plans yourself? As I have said Dad and I are interested in getting some chickens ourselves, and none of the plans I found are as nice as yours.

    • Reply Luisa 24 April, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      Ummm…no. I found a local guy who builds them. He has several different sizes, but they are all basically the same. Good luck with yours!!!

  • Reply Jennifer 24 April, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Love your beautiful coop! Have fun with your chickens!

    • Reply Luisa 1 May, 2013 at 3:56 am

      Thank you Jennifer and thanks for visiting! It’s always fun to find other bloggers with the same interests!

  • Reply Melissa 25 April, 2013 at 1:43 am

    Good luck, looks great!

    • Reply Luisa 1 May, 2013 at 3:57 am

      Ha…thanks…I need it for sure!

  • Reply Hannah ♫ 25 April, 2013 at 8:18 am

    This is incredible!! I want this in my life 😀 Pinning now to my ‘Maybe one day’ board, and I really hope one day I will have chickens and a coop as fantastic as this!! Thanks for sharing!

    Hannah ♫
    Sew Lah Tea Dough

    • Reply Luisa 1 May, 2013 at 3:58 am

      Aawww! Thanks Hannah!

  • Reply Gretchen 25 April, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Oh, wow–that’s beautiful! Lucky chooks :)

    • Reply Luisa 1 May, 2013 at 3:59 am

      Your too kind Gretchen…thank you!

  • Reply Natalie 26 April, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Darling chicken coop!!!

    • Reply Luisa 1 May, 2013 at 4:00 am

      Thank you Natalie!

  • Reply Suzanne 27 April, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Your coop is so wonderful. Your little feathered friends are going to be living the good life! Love every last detail!
    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Suzanne
    Pieced Pastimes
    PS-Would love to have you link this up to Saturday Sparks

    • Reply Luisa 1 May, 2013 at 4:01 am

      Thank you Suzanne! Hopefully they will be happy with it!

  • Reply suburbsmama 28 April, 2013 at 4:58 am

    WOW! That is the most prettiest chicken coop I have ever seen. If you get a chance, please share this on my linky party: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/04/sunday-link-party-5.html

    • Reply Luisa 1 May, 2013 at 4:03 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply Manuela@A Cultivated Nest 29 April, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Your coop is super cute! Everyone that has chickens seems to really enjoy the experience. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while now.

    • Reply Luisa 1 May, 2013 at 4:10 am

      Thanks Manuela…we definitely did A LOT of thinking and hopefully all will work out :-)

  • Reply Jana 30 April, 2013 at 1:05 am

    Your chicken coop is adorable, love the hen sign too! They look like they will be spoiled rotten. We’ve have chickens for 12+ years. They are such fun but also work, then again we have 36 in total. Whew, talk about lots of egg gathering and washing. I’ve been thinking lately that it’s about time to have a smaller flock.
    Visiting you from Met Monday, hope you drop by for a visit too.

    • Reply Luisa 1 May, 2013 at 4:11 am

      Oh my gosh! That’s a lot of chickens…we will be getting 4…ha! But I know that they will still be a lot of work :-)

      • Reply Toni 1 July, 2013 at 3:13 pm

        Beautiful coop!! Just love it! I said “we’ll just have four” and now we have six. I would have more but I need another coop! It’s a good number because when it’s really cold or hot your egg production decreases a bit. 6 hens helps to balance out the egg production. Chickens are addictive and I love mine!! Tip: Use construction or all-purpose sand (found at most hardware stores), not the play sand though. I use it in the coop and in the run. Keeps down the smell, flies, mites and moisture. It’s very easy to clean your coop after an all-night poop fest, too! Just use a litter box scooper then compost for use in your yard and gardens. The girls love it, too, for their daily dust baths. It’s also cooler than other coop materials. Keeps the mud down, too, when it rains. I thought it would be messier than hay or pine shavings, but it’s actually cleaner and easier to maintain. Good luck! I warn you though, it’s addictive!

  • Reply Pickles Mocoy 30 April, 2013 at 4:59 am

    We love your coop. You will get attached to your feathered friends. We have had ours for a number of years now and never looked back… Have fun. http://sweetpicklesfarm.blogspot.com/

    • Reply Luisa 1 May, 2013 at 4:17 am

      Thank you so much for your encouraging words!

  • Reply Christine 30 April, 2013 at 5:00 am

    What a beautiful home for the chickens. They have a breathtaking view too! Lucky!..Christine

    • Reply Luisa 1 May, 2013 at 4:17 am

      Thank you so much Christine!

  • Reply stefanie 30 April, 2013 at 5:49 am

    that is the cutest!!!!! ever!!!!!

    • Reply Luisa 1 May, 2013 at 4:18 am

      Haha…glad you like!

  • Reply Marty@A Stroll Thru Life 30 April, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Oh my word, this is the cutest chicken coop I have ever seen. I love it. I think I could live there. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me party that is ongoing.

    http://www.astrollthrulife.net/2013/04/162nd-inspire-me-tuesday.html

    Totally amazing. Hugs, Marty

    • Reply Luisa 1 May, 2013 at 4:26 am

      So glad you liked Marty!

  • Reply Marty@A Stroll Thru Life 1 May, 2013 at 4:43 am

    This is totally unreal. Thanks for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

  • Reply gracielynnsthebotheredsheep 1 May, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Oh, love the coop.. I wish we had a way to get the eggs from the boxes like that..
    just one question.. are you able to get inside ? I didn’t see a human door ?
    and one hint we found out after the ckens arrived.. (10 yrs ago ) they do NOT sleep in the boxes unless there isn’t anything higher. Chickens will always roost as high as they can . rafters, top of boxes, you name it. boxes are for laying & hatching/nesting .

    our ckens are free range most the time, but we shut them up in the evening. & when we are going to be gone for the day they stay in their run.

    you will enjoy keeping chickens. they will each have their own personality & be so fun to watch .
    enjoy !

    • Reply Luisa 2 May, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      Hi! There isn’t a “human” door, as the coop is small. There is a door though that I can fit into in order to get in there and clean. Thank you for your tips…I am sure we will be learning a lot during this whole experience! Thank you for stopping by!

  • Reply DesignedByBH 3 May, 2013 at 7:55 am

    I do absolutely love the big chicken on the side of the coop. Can’t wait to see the chickies!

    • Reply Luisa 4 May, 2013 at 7:03 am

      Thank you!!!!

  • Reply Diana Rambles 5 May, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Very nice!

  • Reply Wanda 5 May, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Your coop is adorable. I think you are going to love having chickens and your girls will love their new home. The rooster you have is the perfect kind. I have layers and some bantams just cause they are so darn cute along with geese and ducks. The chickens are our favorite. They are just so sweet and curious. Have fun with your little flock!

    • Reply Luisa 7 May, 2013 at 3:38 am

      Thank you Wanda! We always have several geese in our back yard too. When one of our neighbors asked us if we bothered to “okay” getting chickens with our next door neighbors (because of their noisiness), I was like, “Are you kidding me? Those geese are waayyyy louder than the 4 chickens will ever be!”

  • Reply Kathryn Griffin @TheDedicatedHouse 5 May, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Luisa! This is the cutest chicken coop I’ve ever seen! You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House! Pop on in and grab a feature button. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    • Reply Luisa 7 May, 2013 at 3:39 am

      Aaawww…thank you Kathyrn! I’m so glad you liked it!

  • Reply Kim Hood 6 May, 2013 at 2:43 am

    I want chickens! Although we live on a farm, we have no chickens. Can you imagine? I love your coop!!!! I’m a little envious here. :-) Anyway, great job on the design it, and I hope you have many fun times and eggs galore with your new flock!

    • Reply Luisa 7 May, 2013 at 3:40 am

      Thank you Kim!

  • Reply Christine Leahy (@women_stand_up) 6 May, 2013 at 3:07 am

    Dand Luisa! That is one cooool coop! Great job!

    Christine @ Let’s Get Crafty!

  • Reply Lori Johnston 6 May, 2013 at 6:19 am

    I LOVE your coop.

    Lori @ A Bright and Beautiful Life
    http://www.abrightandbeautifullife.com

    • Reply Luisa 7 May, 2013 at 3:46 am

      Thank you Lori…I hope the ladies like it!

  • Reply Jennifer @ Town and Country Living 6 May, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Oh how adorable!! I love that big chicken! What a great coop you’ve created. What chicken wouldn’t want to live there? :)

    • Reply Luisa 7 May, 2013 at 3:46 am

      hehe…thanks Jennifer!

  • Reply Jamie @ Better with Age 6 May, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    This is amazing! Awww I love chickens and this is the sweetest coop ever. I’d love it if you could link this up to our party, Give Me The Goods Monday! {1 party, 5 blogs}
    http://www.somuchbetterwithage.com/2013/05/give-me-goods-party-7.html
    Have a great week!
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

    • Reply Luisa 7 May, 2013 at 3:48 am

      Thank you Jamie! I will head over and check it out! Thank you for the invite :-)

  • Reply Shannon {Cozy Country Living} 7 May, 2013 at 4:26 am

    This is such a great looking coop! I love the chicken on it too:)

    • Reply Luisa 12 May, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      Thanks so much Shannon!

  • Reply scorwin 7 May, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Love your coop! I think the little picket fence really sets it off. So cute!

    • Reply Luisa 12 May, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      I couldn’t help myself with the picket fence…thanks for visiting!

  • Reply Debra 8 May, 2013 at 1:13 am

    my goodness you have some REALLY LUCKY CHICKENS coming! :)

    • Reply Luisa 12 May, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      Well…we shall see!

  • Reply Condo Blues 8 May, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Wow that is one fancy chicken coop. Cute too.

    • Reply Luisa 12 May, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      Thanks, but trust me, this coop is nothing compared to the fancy coops that are out there!

  • Reply Christine 13 May, 2013 at 3:53 am

    LOVE IT! I would gladly move in with them!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  • Reply Christine 13 May, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    CONGRATS!! You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer! YAY! Come on over and grab your featured button, you deserve it!
    http://thediydreamer.com/from-dream-to-reality/features-66/

    Can’t wait to see what you link up this evening!

    • Reply Luisa 21 May, 2013 at 5:06 am

      Muchos gracias!!!!!

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    What a cute coop…forwarded to my hubby at work : )

    • Reply Luisa 21 May, 2013 at 5:06 am

      Hehe…

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