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Preparing For The Pitter Patter Of Chicken Feet

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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And this one with all its salvaged elements is really my kind of thing.

PERFECTION!!!!!! Salvage and perfect! | Darling chicken coop Bob Bowling Rustics! This guy is SO talented - you should see all of his collection!:

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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.

glückliche Hühner biem Ferienhof Hagenauer in #Oberbayern #bauernhofurlaub ein Erlebnis:

Source: A Bavarian Farm Holiday Website

Pop over to Pinterest and have a look at my board ‘On Keeping Chickens’ to see where I’ve been getting my inspiration from.

Folge Three Sonss Pinnwand „On Keeping Chickens“ auf Pinterest.

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.

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20 thoughts on “Preparing For The Pitter Patter Of Chicken Feet

  1. I love this post! I’ve always had a fancy for keeping hens, but I’m not sure my garden is quite big enough. My auntie has them in her garden. She has a coop and a big run, although the roam free in the garden during the day. The eggs are wonderful! I love that you are going to use your shutter as door – I can’t wait to see what it’s like when it’s finished! x #HomeEtc

    1. Thanks Lizzie. For smaller spaces you can set up chicken tunnels. They sound odd, but seem to be a good idea. Look them up.
      I am so excited about this. There will definitely be a follow up post.

  2. How exciting! My son really wants chickens, he’d love it if we built a coop. Yours is coming along great. I have heard that they are easy to keep and will become very tame. I love the phrase man glitter. I am totally using that!

    1. The whole family is so excited about the coop build and the chickens moving in soon. It is so nice to have a family project again.
      The Bavarian picked the phrase “man glitter” up somewhere. Great, isn’t it?!

  3. So excited to see how your ends up – I love the inspiration pictures! I’d love to keep chickens, but sadly as I seem to be embroiled in a battle already with the neighbourhood fox, I fear that would just be tempting fate! #HomeEtc

  4. Aaah SO excited for you!!! I went on and on about having chickens for YEARS! In fact, one of the prerequisites of buying another house was that it had space for chickens. And they absolutely do not disappoint!!!! I’m happy to say that owning chickens is just as lovely as I’d imagined. Apart from, if they’re free ranging, they sh*t all over your garden and eat all the new plants!! Ours will get locked in their pen in a couple of week’s time. Treading on chicken poo in bare feet is not good.

    I *know* this from first hand experience. Thanks so much for linking up pet x #HomeEtc

    1. I’m delighted to hear it lives up to expectations. We’ll see how the kids react to them before having them free range I think. The run is pretty big and there is plenty of garden produce to feed them on, so I’m hoping they will be pretty happy even in their coop.
      I may get back to you with a few queries as time passes.

    1. I can’t wait for the eggs Jess. I had breakfast with a neighbour recently and had a boiled egg from her hens – the flavour! I had forgotten eggs could taste so good.

  5. The salvaged coop look is my favourite. An old colleague had her own chickens and I think they just went for a basic chicken coop with run and let them wander around the garden as much as possible so we didn’t have the exciting part of helping her plan the aesthetic of it when she was prepping the garden. If only I’d known there was a Pinterest board for that 5 years ago!

  6. Exciting! Looks like Hubby is doing a great job, love the one from Pinterest with the creeper over the top of it. We don’t have chickens although I would like to get some at some point. Our neighbours have a huge coop and Monkey is obsessed. Thank you so much for joining us at #BloggerClubUK x

  7. We’ve been keeping chickens for two years now and they’re like part of the family!!!! One of them – Lucy, is far too cheeky and comfortable and can regularly be found trying to get inside if someone leaves the gate open!!! Enjoy!

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