Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Coop Dreamin ~

With the kids almost grown I guess hubby and I still have the need to nurture ~ we're putting in a vegetable garden and getting chickens. I've been dreaming (obsessing) about chickens and coop design for months now...

Tracy Porter's coop ~ lucky ducks & chickens

My friend Clare got chicks this past fall, which made us think, maybe we'd like to raise backyard chickens too. She and I have ordered some bantams. They lay the tiniest eggs ~ perfect for decorating and projects, so by this time next year I hope to have a bunch to play with

Seems I'm not the only one who's starting up a backyard flock, check out
Heather's chicken palace "Chez Poulet", with sweet Bella guarding the flock

Jill's sweet Victorian Chicken House

Who knew there were so many decorating options for coops ~
chandeliers, teacups, wallpaper

Karin's happy little coop ~ The Omelete Hotel
She must have some very productive hens, it's just so cheery

Eleanor Mondale's Cluckingham Palace

This will likely be the main inspiration for my coop, as we are using an existing shed/stable. I wish I knew what lived in there before, maybe a pony ~ there was one tiny stall, and a small horse shoe hangs above the doors. My plan is to make it into a potting shed & coop ~ it will of course have a chandelier!

My first babies arrive any day ~ the rest I'll buy local

xo Heidi
P.S. Although I said "we" I have been fair warned that this little feathered project is mine. Hubby will of course be my #1 guy for the shed reno ~ he's good like that!


Julie Ann said...

Ooooh- I cannot Wait to see your new feathered friends!!! And I can bet that however you do up your shed is going to be so sweet, I'll want to be a *real* chick! :)

Birds of a Feather said...

Surprise ~ our babies arrived yesterday! Sadly only 3 (of 5) survived the trip through the mail ~ poor little things...the rest are all happy and doing well ~ they are just so adorable!

sweetpeaink said...

Ohhhh...this is a dream of mine...post lots of updates so I can follow along on yours! Do they have names yet?

Birds of a Feather said...

Friday April 2nd the Martha Stewart show will be all about chickens!

Cottage Cozy said...

We used to have chickens...my daughters would sell the eggs since we would get so many! Hope you have a great time with them!

I came over from my sister Diane's blog, Saturday Finds...What a fun Easter nut Cup exchange...Happy Easter!

Stay Cozy, Carrie

Anonymous said...

A coop sounds like so much fun! Can't wait to see yours!

Anonymous said...

Just found your blog and I love the coop pictures. I have had chickens for ten years and they are so much fun and super easy to care for. You will love your bantam chicks. I have had almost every kind you can think of including ducks and peacocks. I never thought of putting a chandelier in my coop but it would add an air of sophistication to the joint!

Valarie said...

This is so wonderful. I love that you are putting a chandelier in your potting shed. Love it!!
xxoo Valarie

Gypsy Purple said...

Wishing you a happy and blessed Easter! xx Gypsy Purple