Our Chicken Story & Urban Backyard Coop!
We decided to become "Chicken Farmers" because we enjoy fresh, organic eggs and wanted to collect them from our own chickens we raised ourselves. I decided to start a new flock of chickens so I ordered a variety of Standard and Bantam feritle eggs on Ebay to hatch them out. I received 42 eggs total (none broken) and set them in my Little Giant Incubator. After some online research, I decided to use an automatic egg turner and forced air fan to increase the hatch rate. Oh boy, did it ever....I hatch out 32 babies total! WOW! I was so excited. My husband built me a beautiful coop to house them.
February 24, 2012 - Set eggs
March 14, 2012 (DAY 19) - THE FIRST EGG (BANTAM AMERAUCANA) STARTS TO HATCH!
March 16-17, 2012 - 32 hatchlings total...SUCCESS!
One week old
Two weeks old and they needed more room!
10 weeks old
18 weeks and egg laying has started......
23 weeks and all of the girls are laying almost daily.....
My DH remodeled our Garden Shed into a coop/small run and installed a window for added air circulation.
Open the door and a gate holds the pine shavings in and keep the girls back from the door
Inside: DH built the nest boxes and I added the tin signs and washboard for coop decor!
Finished ceiling and lighting
Small run and roosting area:
View from the coop - our deck built by DH under our beautiful oak tree
Flower Garden and backyard - my labor of love
My husband and I - Thanks for viewing our page
Recent User Reviews
"Good Coop Page, Not a Build"
- 2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 10, 2018
This is a beautiful set-up with nicely laid out pictorials, but ....
As a Coop building article, there arent; any instructions, plans or details on how it was done or why. That would help immensely for people who are looking to guild or upgrade their own facilities.
I especially like the low brooder run. Details on that would be a real bonus!
"Very pretty coop. Nice brooder addition"
- 2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jun 29, 2018
I like the overall look of your coop; it's very pretty!
I also like how the brooder box is added onto it. The overhead light is a good addition as well. Anyone building this coop with a larger number of birds would need to make it bigger.