"If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." — E.B. White

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Please Don't Eat the Daisies

I thought it was time to post a few pics of our chicken coop and occupants...
Our breeds so far have included Easter Eggers (Americauna Xs), Barred Rocks, Gold Wyandotts, Rhode Island Reds, Cornish Rock/Xs (meat birds), pearl and slate guineas. I'll spare you pics of the nest of sparrows on the cupboard, field mice in the feed bin and elusive bunny family that live below...

From time to time I redecorate. Did you recognize the metal chicken and flower that I bought at Lucketts last spring? Only I would feel the need to add 4 more colors of spray paint to my chicken. I gave him a green neck, yellow eyes, blue chest and pink feet!

* oops pic problem *

I added a floor and shelves to the feed area to hold treats n pens. The chicken pump dispenses Purel for all the worried moms. I've also taken a few of my old signs n collectibles out there.

The ladies are fenced 'til noonish so they lay in their nest boxes and not the hayloft! Then they have free range of the farm and put themselves to bed, waiting for me to lock them in safe after dark.

My coop is actually divided up with 1/ 2 for the hens and 1/4 for supplies, 1/4 for guineas or rehabs... The guineas need a whole 'nother post of their own. Actually they seem to need most everything "their own!"

The chickens are so popular with my family that I've even got my little brother, a previous city slicker, keeping chickens too! And my sweet mother loves to come visit with all her farm babies.

In June I added "landscaping" by planting daylillies, lilacs, viburnum and clematis around the outside of the run. Our hot DRY summer has made them slow to settle in tho. I had some leftover lattice and fence that helped cuten  up the wire run (which was actually an old carport frame, wired n  set in a trench). I'm hoping flowering vines will create more attractive (than plywood) shade by next year as they grow over the top.

As I set out the pumpkins and changed out the pots I also planted some bulbs between the lillies...  It'll be interesting to see if the birds let any of these live for long!

As this has been an ongoing project it's been impossible to get a picture of it all looking great at the same time. (That pretty much is the problem with most of my work here!)

Rushed to get this posted for a coop party hosted by the super talented photographer Tiffany at http://www.thefancyfarmgirl.com/
Go check our her coop ~ it's glamorous n gorgeous!!!!

* would love links to your coop in my comments also! *


Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh...I am laughing...can I come live with you? I love you decorating the chicken coop...I have to laugh since I would too and you have beautiful chickens, I wouldn't have anything but pretty birds.
I love the picture of the kids and your mom...how totally precious!!!
planting bulbs...now how Trisha Tudor!!!
Always enjoy coming and visiting...it allows me to go to my field of dreams.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh that web site is a "Hoot"...I wish I could show it to my grandmothers...they would laugh so hard. What a different look at farm life!!! Now that is the mix of both isn't it!!!
Thanks for sharing...so much fun!!!

Flartus said...

I had to smile at the first pic of your decorations. And those eggs in the nest are so clean! How often do you clean your coop? (Or did you clean it up just for your photo-op?) ;)

debbie said...

You must have the happiest chickens in the neighborhood. It's so cute it almost makes me want chickens :)

Polly said...

thanks for stopping by! Someday we'll trade in our big ole' vehicles for sporty farm convertibles :), maybe by then they'll be making Z3 roadsters that spread fertilizer. Great ideas for the chicken coop, I'm going to spiffy mine up this week!

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

cute coop! we have chickens too! we have what I call mutts! alittle of this and a little of that! thanks for stopping by today!

Lori said...

Your coop is so stinkin CUTE! Love the
apt. for rent. Silly girl.

Tracy said...

Love it! Your ladies must be very happy!


The Chicken Keepers said...

Love to see healthy, happy chickens. Adore the the blog... A LOT! I am going to become a follower and add you to my blog roll! Check out our blog at thechickenkeepers.blogspot.com

The Chicken Keepers

P.S. love the coop!

Lisa Tucker said...

I love your coop! So cute. I actually love your entire farm. What a beautiful place you live .