by Rebecca Nickols
Maybe you’ve experienced a “pay it forward” at a drive-through or a grocery market. – Someone pays for your purchase and expects nothing in return. This random act of kindness has a ripple effect restoring our faith in the love and compassion of the human spirit. How awesome would it be to receive your first flock of backyard chickens – FREE! Continued reading as Annie Levesque shares how a gift of chicks inspired our featured “Cool Coop.”
Our coop is made with heat treated wood pallets. Our goal has been to recycle everything and anything we can find for our farm. Everything you see is recycled. Right before we made this coop we were given 20 chickens as a pay it forward movement. It so happens that these chickens were organically raised and we have decided to continue the organic movement ourselves. The outside of the coop has been made from old metal barn roofs (the chicken run).
The rounded ones you see from time to time. They also have been heat treated to prevent any unwanted pesky bugs. We have chicken wire from top to bottom. There are two openings. The right side has 5 barred rocks and 5 black sex links breeds. On the left we have 5 hybrids and 5 Rhode Island reds. We have two exterior openings for them to soak up the sun on sunny days.
The reason I have been interested in backyard chickens was merely for the sole purpose of being self sufficient, but once I got started my love for them grew stronger and I realized it was more than just being a hobby. We figured if we could start small and we could expand to an off grid self sufficient Bushstead farm. Then the chickens would be our first start. Like I mentioned earlier, it all started as a pay it forward movement. My Reiki healer gave me 20 of her chickens at no cost and wished me well.
Now we have 20 of our own in which we hand raised ourselves and in the future we hope to pay it forward some special way. Our goal here at our organic evolution is to raise our chicks like our own children. By keeping them entertained, well energized and well fed. We feed them nothing but organic feed and vegetables and to top it off I give them only spring water. The coop is solar operated. We have cinder blocks with light bulbs on the inside to keep our chicken water dishes warm on below freezing days. It’s powered by a small solar panel.
Thank you Annie for sharing your coop! I know it will inspire some of our experienced chicken keepers to “pay it forward” and share with others their love of backyard chickens – and maybe even gift a friend with a flock of chicks!
If you want to share your Cool Coop, email us at CommunityChickens@gmail.com
Click on the link below for previous entries in the “Cool Coops!” series…
To view what else is happening at our Southwest Missouri property visit: the garden-roof coop
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