The Coop and Chickens

When we moved out of the city in 2002 to our current property on 7 acres, I started convincing Jeff, husband and builder of all things, that chickens were the next step to our country existence.  I knew that once he agreed to the prospect and he would be wholeheartedly committed to the venture.. He did go to the extreme and built a one-of-a-kind, deluxe chicken coop complete with a living roof!  I had no idea how easy and enjoyable raising chickens would be--it's also a great example to our teenage daughters that the freshest and most organic food is what you raise and grow yourself.
Click on the images below for the continuing story of the coop...

Coop Plans
Coop/Run Pics...
The Coop's Beginning...
Introducing the Chicks...
Tricks and Treats
Merry Christmas from the Coop!
Automatic Chicken Feeder
Automatic Chicken Feeder-
A Chicken's Comb-
more than a fashion statement..
Daughters and Chicks-
teens and pullets..
First Egg!
Cooped Up!
An Unexpected Loss and New Additions
Reader's Question:  Can I travel if I
have chickens and how do dogs interact
with chickens?
Tragedy and Comedy...
Reader's Question:
Is chicken manure safe to use as fertilizer?
Reader's Question:
How long are eggs safe to eat?
Living-Roof Coops
Beetles, Berries and Buffs
Reader's Question:
How do you keep chickens 

out of the garden?
A Peek Inside the Coop
Constructing a Dust Bath
Cats and Chickens...
Chicken Breeds 
5-egg Melt-in-your-Mouth
Pumpkin Bread
The Chicken Tractor
Molting Observations and
End-of-Year Thoughts...
Gardening with Chickens - Part 1
Why Chickens?
Gardening with Chickens - Part 2
The Set-up
Gardening with Chickens - Part 3
Gardening with Chickens - Part 4

National Poultry Day!

Spring in the Ozarks
There's More Than One Way to Boil an Egg!
Adding Color to the Flock
Broodiness in the Coop
Boredom in the Brooder
Breaking the Broody - Attempt #1
DIY: Chicken Feed Sack Tote
Breaking the Broody - Attempt #2
Cool Coops! - Re-purposed Car Coop
Free Range Chickens = Free Entertainment!
Salmonella: Protecting Yourself and Your Flock
Hot Weather, Cool Water
Cool Coops! - Pallet Coop
She's a Rooster!
Product Review: The Chicken Fountain
DIY: Chicken Waterer
The Fairest of the Fair
Cool Coops! - Bob Bowling Rustics
How to Photograph Chickens
Chickens in the Rain
Gardening with Chickens Update
Cool Coops! - The Cluck Bus
DIY: Chicken Manure Tumbling Composter
Cool Coops! - Re-purposed Trailer Coop
Reader's Question:
Are hedge-apples safe for my hens to eat?
Halloween Treats: Spiders!
Cool Coops! - Recycled Counter Coop
Pears, Pumpkins and Pardons
Chickens, Dogs and
Chicken Dog Treats
Chicken Tales!
An Egg Eating Snake!
Cool Coops!
Coopvilla in Coupville
A Patriotic Predator:
The Bald Eagle
Cool Coops!
The Chicken Castle
DIY: Raising Mealworms
(Part 1)
Book Review:
"Reinventing the Chicken Coop"
Chick Feeders / Bird Feeders
Green Eggs and Ham
Botanical Easter Eggs
DIY: Raising Mealworms
Cool Coops!
Solar Power Chicken Coop
Cats and Chickens
Cool Coops!
A Circular Coop
Community Chicken Keepers:
 Gnome Range Farms
Native American Turkeys
Cool Coop!
The Chick Compound
Community DIY:
Bag Collar Feeder
Cool Coops!
The Beach Shack
Community DIY:
Making a Dresser into a Brooder
Cool Coops!
Double Deck Chicken Coop
Chickens and Sunflowers
Book Review:
"Put an Egg on It"
Cool Coops!
Solar Powered and Full of Gadgets
Mealworm Molting Treats


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