This month’s “Cool Coop” is a perfect reminder that spring is finally here and warm weather and sunshine will soon bring some much appreciated color to the landscape. You’ll love Dandi Gentry’s creative and artful touches she added to her beautiful set-up. Continue reading as Dandi describes the construction of her cheerful coop she refers to as the – “Sunny Side Up”
We are from Alabama, I always thought it would be fun to have chickens in my garden…so last spring we made my dream a reality.
We started with the coop… In my garden we already had a square structure kinda like a gazebo that we weren’t really using. So we decided to use it as our structure. It’s about a 8′ x 8′. We came up with the design based on where we wanted the front to be..knowing we would be adding a run.
The front window is a glass on glass mosaic that I made for the coop.
Inside the coop we have 2 x 4s running across 1 wall for the roost, a poop tray underneath filled with sand, old wooden crates are used for nest boxes, and old windows are used for circulation.
We put the windows on hinges so they could be opened in summer because it gets very hot here. Chicken wire and heavy duty metal wire cover the inside of the window. Sand is used as flooring inside the coop. We used lots of recycled materials to keep cost down.
Our neighbors gave us old rusty metal from an old chicken house to use as decoration on the outside. We even have a chicken feeder hanging in the front with flowers planted in it!
The run is about 24′ x16′.
We also have 2 ducks, so we have them on one side and the chickens on the other separated by chicken wire.
The whole run is covered with chicken wire and then heavy duty wire on the bottom. Chicken wire also covers the top.
We added swings, chairs, stumps, ladders to make them a little playground. Right now we have 10 chickens and 2 ducks.
We are enlarging the run this spring to add new chicks and 2 Indian runners.t’s so much fun!
Thanks Dandi for sharing your unique coop and colorful flock! I’m sure the photos of the “Sunny Side Up” will give many of our Community Chickens readers some great ideas to add to their set-up this spring!
If you have a “Cool Coop” you would like to share with the Community, email me at RNickols@communitychickens.com
Click on the link below for previous entries in the “Cool Coops!” series…
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