This month’s featured “Cool Coop” caught my attention for two reasons… The first reason is obvious; the coop is fantastic. It’s not only well crafted and constructed, it’s also an attractive addition to the landscape.
But when chicken keeper, Liz Nylen, sent me the story and photos of her coop, what really got me excited was the inspiration for the coop’s design–a one-of-a-kind DIY greenhouse made out of recycled wood and salvaged windows! How cool is that?
With the greenhouse complete, Liz’s husband and brother-in-law set out to add an equally impressive chicken coop to the Nylen’s backyard.
Continue reading as Liz shares the story of her coop and her beautiful flock…
Last spring my husband and brother-in-law built me a beautiful coop. I named it Coopvilla, because we live just north of Coupville, on Whidbey Island.
We bought the door and windows at a salvage company. The door had to be cut down about 2 feet to fit the door frame. The design was drawn to get the most out of the lumber length. The coop has three vents, which I could cover with pre-cut boards, but it doesn’t get that cold here so I haven’t had to close them.–I’d rather they have fresh air. We have raccoon and bald eagles, so I keep my chickens fenced in their yard, with a heavy stock wire. Because we live near the beach, I mix buckets of sand into the “yard” to keep it from getting muddy.
And of course– Xena, a Barred Plymouth Rock and Queen of the Roost. She was always the alpha of the flock from day one. Her eyes show attitude! Don’t you think?
Thanks Liz for sharing your special coop and beautiful flock with the readers of Community Chickens! Your chickens are living the good life–a beautiful beach side home and a daily serving of fresh greens from the market. Liz even shared a photo of the coop decked out in the holiday spirit! Who wouldn’t dream of a set-up like that!
Click on the link below for previous entries in the “Cool Coops!” series…
Do you have a “Cool Coop” you’d like to share? Email me at: RNickols@communitychickens.com
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