One of the selling points for us with our house was the garden. It is a decent size for the area we live in and was nicely landscaped by the previous owners. But there was one spot that was a bit of a dumping ground.
Between the back of the shed and the compost heap was a mini wasteland. Damp, dark, overgrown and housing all manner of garden junk, we opted to ignore it for the past five years.
For at least the past two years I have had my eye on this space for a chicken coop. The Bavarian, while much more of an animal person than I am, took a bit of convincing. Once I had the boys on my side, the questions began. “When are we getting the chickens?”. If you get asked that often enough for a year or so, it wears you down. (Well done boys!)
Last weekend we finally got started on clearing the dumping ground and the Bavarian threw himself into coop building, ably assisted by Bat Boy. Once my husband gets a project going, he gets a tad obsessed with it. This time that is a good thing.
While he’s been trekking back and forth between the DIY store, the shed and the saw mill, decorating the car with “man glitter” (sawdust), I have between browsing Pinterest, looking for inspiration for the exterior of the coop.
Obviously we had a rough plan before we began, but that mostly concerned location, size and where to put the door – left, right or centre.
Before anyone asks, no, The Bavarian didn’t turn round and stand on the spade in slapstick fashion.
What I have been concentrating on has been more to do with making the chickens feel at home here. They are ladies, right? So they are going to want their new home to look pretty and feel comfy. Pinterest ist bursting with ideas.
I would love our chicken coop to blend into the garden as well as this one does in its surroundings. It even has an oxblood-coloured in the background, like ours.
And this one with all its salvaged elements is really my kind of thing.
We have more or less decided to use one of my salvaged shutters as the door. The little window I salvaged last year may also get integrated into the design. With a coat of white paint, it would tie in well with the shutter door and have a similar look to many of the photos I’ve been inspired by.
The roof will most likely be tiled with old roof tiles the previous owners of the house left behind. Plus window boxes of hanging geraniums are high on my list. We have tons of window box fittings, inherited from the previous owners too, so there is no extra expense there.
Pop over to Pinterest and have a look at my board ‘On Keeping Chickens’ to see where I’ve been getting my inspiration from.
Fingers crossed the actual business of keeping chickens will live up to our expectations after all of this! If you have any tips (or warnings) for us, we’d love to hear them. Just leave a comment below.