The Coop & Chicken Garden

The coop at Farmhouse38.com

Oh, these chickens. We are on the third henhouse incarnation in less than two years. It’s safe to say that we didn’t know what we were doing when we acquired our flocklett. But necessity is the mother of invention, isn’t it?

Coop 3.0 is a fully-insulated, weather-tight, single-family residence, with attached green-roofed run, three state-of-the-art nesting boxes, and one exceptionally inaccurate weathervane. It is wired for surround sound and high-speed internet. Just kidding (but I was tempted). But it does come with a pool.

Frog drinking-fountain and a chicken on a mission at Farmhouse38.com

And it also comesΒ with priceless original artwork (portraits of the girls painted by my dear friend’s kids), plenty of storage, and a handy grit-dispenser.

Miss Gertrude Featherbottom admires the kid-painted chicken portraits inside the Farmhouse38.com coop.
Upcycled bottle grit dispenser from Farmhouse38.com

The view through the coop window at Farmhouse38.com

The surrounding chicken garden, fenced off from the main yard, gives the girls their own private oasis (read: keeps them from destroying the rest of my garden), and offers plenty of protection from aerial predators in the form of a minor jungle of overgrowth.

The coop and chicken garden at Farmhouse38.com

The garden path is made from recycled bits of wood salvaged from coops 1.0 and 2.0, as well as our old, dismantled deck. Cut into small bricks and set in cement, they make a charming little yellow brick road leading to the the girls’ own little Oz.

Salvaged wood pathway leading to the chicken garden at Farmhouse38.com

The garden gate is actually the original front door, which, much to my dismay could not stay as the front door of the house. But, like the stubborn mule that I am, I refused to scrap it!

Old door gate leading to the chicken garden at Farmhouse38.com

The girls enjoying a snack, Farmhouse38.com

Free range chicken jail at Farmhouse38.com

The chicken garden dirt bath at Farmhouse38.com. Do not disturb.

The chicken girls at Farmhouse38.com

Free-range time is closely managed by the flock supervisor.

Chicken guardian at Farmhouse38.com

On hot days there are ice baths to dunk our pretty chicken toes into.

Cooling off on a hot day at Farmhouse38.com by bobbing for rose petals in ice water.

And on extra rainy days, sometimes we get to come inside and dry our feathers by the space heater. Supervised, of course.

My office at Farmhouse38.com

Mighty Clementine at Farmhouse38.com

And we get plenty of visits from our favorite cousin (sporting his ‘chick-magnet’ tshirt).

My nephew, sporting his 'chick magnet' tshirt and watching over his chicken cousins at Farmhouse38.com

Yep. These chickens have it pretty good.

And so do we.

Egg present at Farmhouse38.com

16 Comments on The Coop & Chicken Garden

  1. home, garden, life
    February 12, 2013 at 6:14 pm (3 years ago)

    Simply adore this blog site. Excellent in every way! πŸ˜‰

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    • nancy
      March 2, 2013 at 1:40 pm (3 years ago)

      I agree! So sad to see I’ve made it back to the beginning and have no more catching up to do.

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  2. Baileywife
    February 16, 2013 at 1:49 pm (3 years ago)

    So cute! Great to see such Farm Love…..even in “the city”!;) ~Kim

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  3. Judy Bass
    March 10, 2013 at 11:53 pm (2 years ago)

    Looking forward to reading your blogs and getting info about chickens. Getting ready to get mine.

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    • farmhouseK8
      March 11, 2013 at 3:24 pm (2 years ago)

      How exciting! You must keep me posted! They are THE BEST. :-)

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  4. Naomi
    April 2, 2013 at 6:21 am (2 years ago)

    Great photos! Love those chicken and your sweet city farm home.

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  5. Lindsey
    May 8, 2013 at 8:02 pm (2 years ago)

    I stumbled on this blog while looking for gardening tips and I must say you are HILARIOUS! I love your humor and adore reading about your chickens and the adorable crafty things you do! I have SO many ideas now and surprisingly I have gotten my husband to go along with all of them so far. Thanks for the laughs. πŸ˜‰

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    • farmhouseK8
      May 8, 2013 at 8:40 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh, thanks, Lindsey! Welcome!!! πŸ˜€

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  6. Carolyn
    May 21, 2013 at 7:04 pm (2 years ago)

    Absolutely obsessed with everything you’ve got going on here. I want to move in with you guys! I’ll sleep in the yard. Question about the chickens…we live in NJ and are finding there are strict laws with property boundaries and spacial requirements to raise chickens. I’m guessing things are a little more lax in SoCal because it doesn’t appear that you have a particularly large piece of property?

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    • farmhouseK8
      May 22, 2013 at 2:06 pm (2 years ago)

      Hahhaha! Thank you, Carolyn! You know what? There are plenty of restrictions here, too–they are allowed, but yes, there are all sorts of rules and regulations about them. And the bottom line is that with our 7500 sq foot property, these birds (and dogs and cats) are all really close to my neighbors. This is why I go to great lengths to keep everything super clean, and make sure they aren’t making too much noise (I am at home mostly every day, so this is pretty easy for me). It’s an interesting dance!

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  7. Emma
    June 19, 2013 at 5:10 am (2 years ago)

    Aww! Cute wittle baby chicks! Where have the days gone

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  8. Tonita
    January 10, 2014 at 7:21 am (2 years ago)

    Your sweet hens looked like they are spoiled and well loved. I do the same for my girls. They even have a chandelier in their hen house. They work so hard to provide me with great eggs I feel I owe it to them. LOL.

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    • farmhouseK8
      January 10, 2014 at 2:46 pm (2 years ago)

      I totally agree–and I’m in the market for a chandelier for our henhouse! LOL! Just haven’t found one that’s quite right yet. Love it! Thanks for sharing!

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