I teased you guys about this build several weeks ago on my Facebook page. So let me just say to those of you who sometimes wait forever for my reveals and then I don’t get to them for….forever, that’s because those reveals are things I’m doing for myself and not for a client and those things ALWAYS come last. It’s the downside to doing what I do but it’s really the only downside so I’m not complaining.
Several weeks ago we got these A-frame chicken coop plans and quickly realized we wanted to make some changes. The first thing we added was a door. Since our chickens essentially free-range they’d need a way to get out easily each day. The coop plans were originally designed to be a chicken tractor, meaning the chickens would remain in the coop and it would be moved around the yard as needed.
What would a door be without some adorable decorations? And a pink door knob, of course.
I saw this ‘KEEP CALM and RAISE CHICKENS’ verbiage on Pinterest and I knew I had to have it somewhere on my coop. We cut out and routered the wood. I painted the front white and used my Silhouette machine to cut a painting mask. I went over the mask and the rest of the sign with Very Berry by Valspar then peeled off the mask to reveal the white underneath.
And of course any proper diva must have a grand staircase – also done is Valspar’s Very Berry.
I put herbs in with their pine shavings for bedding; Rosemary (pain relief, insecticide, respiratory health), Sage (antioxidant, anti-parasitic) and Mint (any kind – insecticide and rodent repellent). Yes. They are spoiled.
This night light doesn’t really serve any purpose other than it’s cute. If I had a million dollars I’d invent something that looked like this but had a powerful enough light to scare off a predator. But it sure looks cute, doesn’t it!
Three of the four roof panels lift up for easy cleaning and maintenance. I got these brushed silver handles from Lowe’s for under $2 each.
Three of the four panels are hinged and we added the roof cap to keep water from dripping down into the nesting box.
FYI. They do not make pink weathervanes. They barely make weathervanes with hens instead of roosters, which I would’ve gotten, but they’re hundreds of dollars! So I broke out my trusty spray paint, see my post on spray paint here and took care of business. Now, I know I’m working with a pink rooster here but I’m hoping no one will notice. Or care.
This is Phyllis, as in Phyllis Diller. I’m betting you can figure that one out without explanation. A Polish Crested Hen. When she was just nine weeks old she became very ill with something called coccidiosis and almost died. Thankfully I was able to save her. She has some kind of personality, that one!
This is Oreo, so named for her chocolate and white feathering. A Wyandotte. We’ve taken to calling her Double-stuft because she’s so fluffy. She was considering a peck at my camera lens in the first picture and was going for it in the second.
And here’s my sweet Tanny, a Buff Orpington. She was a bit camera shy today but she’s the first one to come running to Momma every time.
So, I know what you’re thinking, a southern girl with chickens. Shocker. But the truth is, until just 5 years ago, I had never lived outside of walking distance from the city. Not that you can’t have chickens in the city, but I didn’t. I have wanted them for years and recently took the plunge into chicken keeping. This flock of 3 was my first. I’ll have to tell you about my rescue flock of 10 another time!