Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Modern Chicken Coops


Sam and I have been talking a lot about urban farming (see pin board here), creating a simple life and making a little plot in our back yard. When dreaming up the back garden we are researching incorporating a chicken coop. Here are some amazing modern chicken coops that I love, may have to do some city campaigning to change some ordinances (apparently there are these things called laws ;)).

First up is this soprettyithurts coop from The Art of Doing Stuff. Everything about it is perfect, right down to the clever storage, color and hardware. Those lanterns? Yup.

This red coop is completely charming. We would most likely stick to the color palette of our patio but the structure itself is right on track with the clean lines.

The tin roof on this one is a fun element we would love to add. We really wanted to put one on our house but couldn't swing it. This way at least the chickens would have one? ;)

We obviously have a lot to learn and more research to do but we hope you'll join us as we figure it out. Do you have chickens? I'm a chicken sponge right now so anything you want to share would be amazing.

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12 comments:

  1. I would highly recommend researching the deep litter method! It is seriously time and sanity saving and lets the chickens handle the composting process for you. It looks like only the first coop you showed could possibly allow you to use the deep litter method, but it's definitely worth seeking out a design that would allow it. I love having chickens - they're the best garbage disposals money can buy and I love the push to work more eggs into our diet. Good luck changing those silly laws!

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    1. thanks so much kara and i will definitely research that. super helpful!

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  2. YES! I really really want a few chickens - and maybe some honey bees too (even though I am terrified of bees). I'm not sure if the rules are different where you are in the city but I know that in cobb county you can petition to have chickens if you have an certain amount of land and you're neighbors sign your petition saying they're cool with it. Also check out backyardchix.org

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    1. apparently there are different rules for marietta city, but i'm looking into it! thanks friend!

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  3. Having a chicken coop would be so neat! Fresh eggs? Yes please! I wonder if chickens are very hard to care for.

    Also loving your blog! I'm your newest follower and can't wait to read more :)

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    1. i wonder too! thank so much for reading melissa! great to hear from you. :)

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  4. My mom wants chickens so badly. I suspect there will be some in the garden at some point in the near future :)

    May farrier recommends this hatchery - uses it himself. The cool thing with them is, you can choose chicks by gender, and they provide info on all the breeds, so you can choose what works best for your setup. http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/index.html

    These coops are so cute, and all look like the roosting boxes are in an elevated or floored area, which is good. Otherwise, foxes and possums will dig under the wire and, um, help themselves.

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    1. very cool! thanks lauren! if all else fails we'll just have to come visit your chickens. xo

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  5. My parents have chickens and it keeps up us in eggs for days. Bonus the girls love collecting the eggs and helping my dad with the chickens.

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  6. We have chickens in Dublin! Our coop is not very beautiful, but our girls seem happy enough back there!

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  7. the tin roof!!! whatever you do, i know it will be great.

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  8. We had chickens a couple years ago and we now have 2 little bantams (one of which we rescued off the side of the road almost 7 years ago!). It's crazy that you guys have laws about chickens in the US - we don't have any about keeping them here in the UK.

    As far as looking after them goes, they're pretty easy pets. We let them free roam in the garden, sleeping in whatever tree/bush they find acceptable that night, (though we do have a little shelter for them, they rarely use it) and feed them chicken seed in the morning, then throw out veg scraps in the afternoon for them. The fresh eggs are the best part though - so much flavour! And you wouldn't believe their personalities hah!

    Have a lovely week! I can't wait to see your adventures with chickens!

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