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Time-traveling couple with 'historical coop' in New Hampshire!

By countryladyNH, May 24, 2016 | Updated: Jun 8, 2016 | | |
  1. countryladyNH
    Hi! We live in NEW HAMPSHIRE~
    We are historical reenactors living in a little 240 yr. old house that has been a DIY labor of love to restore for over 17 years. We JUST got chickens for the first time---4 English buff orpingtons, and put up a coop. Always on a tight budget, we do pretty much everything ourselves and have a lot of fun working on our various projects! We had just finished building our own fence of trees we cut down, and had 'tricked out' our purchased coop with period style hardware, 'leaded' windows we did ourselves, and a few other things such as swing-out branch perches we designed and built from tree branches we cut. Now the coop area blends in nicely with our old New Hampshire house.
    My husband thought our fence was reminiscent of the stockade fences at Plimoth Plantation or Jamestown, etc., We had a salvaged-for-free piece of highly-weathered 18thc. board, and a 17thc. 'Brit' flag---since we do that type of reenacting. Hubby has a degree in illustration and design, and is creative and quirky. He said the fence reminded him of an "old fort"...SO...what did we do???
    Well, created one, of course! We made our flag pole from a tree we cut down, and hubby hand-painted 'FORT ORPINGTON' in a 17thc. font on the old board, which we affixed to the fence around our coop and run! We think it looks just grand with our 18th century home and fits with the old-time lifestyle we live---(Yes, that is us in the avatar photo, and below in this post!)
    You can see our old house and much more about the coop and hens here:
    www.thecountryladyantiques.com
    (Check out our TOUR page and our PROJECT page~)


    *** JUNE 6---THANK YOU TO BYC for putting our coop photos on FACEBOOK. We are not Facebook members, but someone left a comment saying our coop was too close to the house and what about rodents and pests. In the first place, that is NOT THE SIDE OF THE HOUSE; it is the large, original attached post and beam woodshed. In the second place, I clean our coop/run every single day.

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  1. countryladyNH
    Hi Boatman,
    Thanks so much!!! You sure made our day!
  2. BOATMAN
    Don't fear the jealous folks out there. I think this series of photos is a winner. The chickens, the house and outbuildings and the coop. The clothing of the times, just awesome !!!
  3. TwoCrows
    Beautiful!! -)
  4. Mountain Peeps
    Oh ma goodness, I love it!!!! <3
  5. pjnbill22
  6. countryladyNH
    Thanks so much to all of you! Hubby and I sure do appreciate all the nice comments!
  7. EggSighted4Life
    Very cute, I love the fence. Congratulations on your anniversary! Thanks for sharing.
  8. HopieGirl4Ever
  9. sunflour
    Amazing, I love every detail. And you have a lovely flock. Thanks for sharing.
  10. mustangrooster
    Love it! Its a very fashionable chook house. Your girls are lucky!

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