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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Housing your Chickens

Oh there are many finely built, artfully crafted, aesthetically pleasing coops out there. Many you can buy off line, This $3,800 beauty can be found at www.urbancoopcompany.com:
It can house up to twenty chickens!


And then there is ours:
Please attempt to look past this very pregnant belly and gaze at the awesomeness that is The Palette Coop. This houses up to ten chickens at a time.

My husband constructed this coop, on a challenge from me, entierley out of palette's and recycled materials. And I have to say well done hubby of mine. This coop doesn't look too shabby. The nesting boxes are made out of old cupboards, any hardware is used and discarded from our kitchen (which is in the process of a never ending remodel), and he even added shingles; which came from when my in-laws re-shingled their roof. He built it in the garage over winter and we've had it for over a year now.

Attatched to the front is a dog run he got for free off of Craigslist. We made the fatal mistake of not putting some wiring over top at first. A hawk swooped in and scooped one of our chick-a-dee's up (RIP Dora). It now has netting over top so this does not happen again.

This just goes to show you, you DO  NOT need something expensive to put your chickens in. Chickens were bred to be resilient animals. And well.....they poop all over the thing anyways so there is really no way of keeping it entierly pretty anyways.




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