Saturday, March 21, 2009

Ohhhhh...give me a home....where the buffalo roam....

Remember that post where I asked you guys to share some decorating ideas for the chicken's new home? Here's the coop...all decorated and stuff!! The red boxes you see will soon be filled with bush beans. They used to be some modular shelving that really didn't fit with our decor...so now they're planters! Doncha love repurposing stuff? Also, later I plan to plant some morning glory, moon flower, and scarlet runner beans to grow up the chicken wire side of the coop (on the right of this photo)!

Also, you can see Ginger's (the Bunny) hutch inside...so far so good on the chicken/bunny cohabitation experiment. Ginger is much happier with some room to roam and the chickens can get up on their roost when they need some bunny free rest time.

A trick that totally worked for us...I read online that painting chicken wire black tricked your eye into looking right through the wire instead of trying to focus on the silver mesh. Viola! You can see results above...compare this with the old photo of the coop:


Okay....you can't see it so well on the photo, but trust me...it looks much better painted black.


Amelia seems pretty happy with her new pad. There are roosts up high that she can launch herself off of and fly down to the soft hay below. This is important because although she REALLY wants to fly...she's not so good at it. ;-)

4 comments:

Laura said...

I can see the difference in the chicken wire. I'll have to keep that tip in mind(although I doubt I'll ever have chickens, it may be useful in another situation.

Heather said...

That looks great! I am so excited for your project to have turned out so nicely. You were worried in the beginning. I can't wait to get a chicken house myself.
-Heather

Cynthia said...

Oh, I want your chicken house for my 2 bunnies! We have been wanting to get some chickens as well and it sounds like you got a perfect set up there! I too can tell the difference with the mesh painted black- good idea. I'm going to remember this one!

Gardengurl09 said...

I LOVE your chicken abode! I am in the planning stages of one of my own. The chicks will be arriving in July so I have to get crackin'.

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