When starting out, I kept trying to figure out what kind of coop I wanted. Was this something that I wanted long term? Could I handle raising chickens? Most importantly, would I even be good at it? With the million questions I had in my head, my husband and I decided that before we really went all out, maybe we just needed to buy a small coop and try it out. See if this whole backyard chicken thing was even for us. Well, I am a year in, and let me just tell you… It is definitely for us. I love having fresh eggs. I love that my kids are learning responsibility. Yes, I make my 2 and 4 year old collect the eggs, feed and water them, and even clean out their coop. (In my son’s word… ew mom that is just plain gross!) I love that the chickens feel at home and part of our family.
So we settled for a little coop from tractor supply. No biggie- just something that would hold 3 or 4 chickens. Well let me tell you- this coop gets maybe a 1 star rating from me. Its great if you only want two chickens. But this chicken lover of a mom wants many more and it simply cannot be done in the coop we have. So hence starts my hunt. My hunt for how to make a bigger and better chicken coop. Along the way, I have come across some pretty awesome coops. But by far, I have a favorite. It is simply, sweet, homey, and well, its also my best friends coop she has in her backyard. Her husband surprised her one day with it. I knew he had skills- but I didn’t know he had these skills! 😉
Isn’t this dreamy?! Whats even cooler is that this coop is a replica of their home! Here is her home— seriously- how awesome is that? (PS- You should totally follow her blog here !!)
Now let’s take a closer look at this coop.. Some things that I consider a MUST HAVE for anyone thinking about raising chickens.
- Space! You need enough space to have desired amount of chickens that you want. Chickens like to flock together– I recommend 2-4 starting out. You want to have enough space inside just as much as you need for the outside. If you notice in the first picture, they provide enough room enclosed outside for the chickens. Although they free range a majority of the time, this still gives them room and space for when they are enclosed.
- A roosting bar! Although my girls hate their roosting bars- it is a must. Chickens roost- it is what they do. Whether you have hens or roosters, more than likely at some point they will want to roost on something. You will notice that there are two levels of roosting bars here. Variety is good! I have even seen people who have bigger coops that put in older ladders– such a nifty idea!Meet D’s girls, Des and Penny
- Nesting Boxes! Our coop has one box. Since I only have two, Rosy and Pearl share pretty easily. This coop has great (and spacious) nesting boxes– her 4 girls have no problems sharing. Sometime you will even find that when free ranging, chickens will frequent a spot they like most and lay their egg. Always take notice to what time of day your girls like to lay and if you are finding less eggs– look in other places.These nesting boxes were built into the door of the coop.
- Bedding! Ah, yes, bedding. The infamous questions of “Which bedding is the best to use?” Well friends, to see my top choices and what I think is best, click here ! I have covered the top three most popular bedding choices that I know of— what has worked for me and my girls, may not work for you and yours- it’s all trial and error!
Well, there you have it. The most dreamy coop I have seen (in person) thus far. What are some of your most dreamy coops? Stay tuned in the near future– my husband and I will be doing a coop renovation out of our shed. I am always looking for cute ideas and decor- If you have any, leave them in the comments!