Tag Archives: Suburban Life

Dreamy Coops

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!  😉

full-coop

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 !!)12670899_10104026798655178_7810228814216810337_n

Now let’s take a closer look at this coop..  Some things that I consider a MUST HAVE for anyone thinking about raising chickens.

  1. 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.
  2. 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!insideMeet D’s girls, Des and Penny
  3. 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.nesting-spaceThese nesting boxes were built into the door of the coop.
  4. 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!close-up

 

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!

Why I Started

Many people have asked me, why do you have chickens? Aren’t they too much to take care of with work, children, a family, and volunteering?  I always laugh it off and say, well, what else would I do?  So you can imagine that when I decided to start a blog about it all… well, lets just say, some think I have gone crazy.  And some days, well, I sure feel like I have.

I use to blog back in the day–  more so about life experiences.  That just didn’t really seem like enough- I need to blog about purpose, more than just little things in life that seemed irrelevant to the next person that I talked with.  So, I gave up.  I focused on family, my career, and striving for more in my life.   Now, some days, I feel like I have it all, and then not enough.  So with that, here I am again.. which brings me to what I consider a funny story to how all this got started.

I have a BFF, her name is Danielle.  You know when you meet someone and it is just an instant connection- a click that you very rarely find in other people when it comes to friendship?  Well that was us.  One instance brought us together.. nannying.  Who would have though that literally 8 years later, we would still be just as strong of friends (minus the distance) as we were the week we met.  She is an inspiration- she has been with me through my very highs and my very lows.  She knows it all.  D started blogging, about her life.. the trials and tribulations of a disease that she is battling daily,  one that even being around her, I see has changed her- her ways of living, eating, exercise, etc.  As I was reading her blog, which you can find here: http://allisphairinloveandwar.com/ , I realized that she wanted to spread the word. She wanted people to know that someone diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, can indeed make changes to live a better life..she had a purpose!  It was then that I realized, although my blogging would be very different, that I missed it and wanted to give it another go.. so here starts the story to how I created Bitch Bak Up… a blog about chickens, life, and what not to do.

I had a purpose.  I get questions daily on things I do, as a beginner, to take care of my chickens.  What do you use in the coop?  What if the chickens aren’t laying eggs?  Which coop is better? (Verdict still out on that one- the one we have is just WAY to small.) How many chickens do you have? When do you have too many….or not enough?  As I was talking to Danielle about blogging, she encouraged me to start something about chickens…  man that can be limiting..  and yet oh so many avenues and adventures.  I started looking for a name-  I threw out different names that had chicken in it… but I knew I wanted to be versatile- I wanted it to be more- be everything.  At that point, I had a lot going on- dealing with a lot of b*tchy people.  I was over it.  Danielle was helping me brain storm and she told me the only thing she could think of was Bak Bak-  my pinterest board for all my chickens!  She replied (after telling her my latest drama in my life), BakBakB*tchBak- I knew then and there she was onto something!  Literally…could. not. stop. laughing.  After a few bit emoji replies she sent me B*tch Bak Up— you know, like B*tch Back Up. Perfect!  I know a few people like that.. that needed some major backing up.  😉

And with that, B*tch Bak Up was created…  we decided on doing this together..  hey, maybe one day, one of us will be famous for it!  ILY D. <3