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You will be amazed at the incredible variety of coops featured there from the simplest sheds to elaborate little poultry villages. Some of them left me speechless with their intricate design and decor. Others were memorable for their practicality and resourcefulness.
We designed and built our main coop during the summer of 2010. It was planned with the purpose of utilizing the materials we had on hand. We struggled to finish the coop in time for the chicks to move in before winter arrived. Every time we thought that we were close to completing our coop project, an unexpected surprise would appear and move the finishing line one step further from our reach.
Then I realized that I had neglected to look behind the farmhouse. What if the smaller coop was nestled in the perennial garden in the backyard? I had a spot in our garden all picked out. In my mind, there would be a little coop that blended in and accented the garden space in the backyard. Locating it there meant that my children would have the freedom to visit the garden coop and tend its inhabitants without the help of an adult. They could have a little flock of their own.