The coop and chicken garden at Farmhouse38.comThe 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 comes 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