Friday, July 16, 2010

Chicken Coop Update

It's been a long time since I posted anything about the Hen Hilton. In fact, I don't think I've ever shown much of it on this blog at all. We don't move very fast around here because we get so many projects going, but weather, time, and money dictates which one we work on when we get a chance. 





My hen house is almost finished and the "girls" have long since moved in. However, I've decided that a portion of it will house my garden tools so I don't have to walk so far to the garage. And I don't think they'll mind a bit since it's so comfy in there. I had my husband build it so that there are two hen sections and a work room where the sink is located.














And we're still not done quite yet. We need windows, lights, finish the plumbing for the sink, racks and shelves for tools, plants, and a small walk-in run on one side for when we have chicks. Here are a few of the plants I've purchased to go around the outside of the chicken yard and will hopefully be planting this next week...







I still want to add a couple of climbing roses to the front of the coop itself. This has been my inspiration...



Country Home Magazine/ March 2008, pg. 72

I know that their hen house is much more rustic, and I adore that, but my husband believes everything must be really well made. I love that about him, but I really would have been fine with simple; rustic; small. Anyway, he promised me the same kind of windows. And I plan to add the roses. What do you think?




22 comments:

  1. Amazing job he has done with the chookhouse. Hens will love living there. even the nesting boxes are great.

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  2. That is one beautiful coop!!! I love that you keep pics as inspiration, I do the same thing!

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  3. I love your chicken coop, and the roses will be great. I am waiting for when we can build a small coop, yours looks like the type I have had in my mind. The flowers around the fence will be so pretty.

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  4. Not surprised that I have also looked at that 'inspiration' picture numerous times. And I won't be surprised when our final chicken house is built that it will also have those sturdy practical features your smart husband is providing. (my husband is just like that.. happy to build, but will only 'do it right'.)
    Question... is the walk-in run through the front door or is it a special side door? I like that you put your tools in their too. I was wondering the same, if I could do that. I feel like I march all over the yard to get my tools.
    Have a super weekend!

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  5. It's beautiful! What a great place for your chickens and for your tools! I'm so envious, wish I had something so pretty and well made in our backyard... It'll look great with roses climbing over the sides!

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  6. I think your hen house is fabulous! Ours is much smaller, holds up to 11 chickens, and no extra room for tools:(
    We have 2 windows in ours, with heavy wire screening so as to keep out any unwanted critters. The windows are pretty much left open from early spring till the first frost. It gets hot and stuffy in there! In the evening, when I go out to lock them up, they are inevitably panting from the heat. It has been a very hot summer for us, so far, with temps regularly in the upper 80's to low 90's.
    I LOVE the roses idea!

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  7. I love your hen house. My sweet husband built me our second one last year, along with a huge outdoor pen that can be divided when we get new babies. The house is at capacity now with 22 hens and 1 very happy rooster. There is a small area as you enter the house where we store our supplies. We used old wood frame windows and mounted them so that they open to the inside, using hinges at the top of each window. We covered the opening with hardware cloth and hubby built wood awnings around each window to help divert any rain. We really enjoy collecting eggs every day and "communing" with the chickens each afternoon when we get home from work. Anyway, your's is perfect and the new plants will really make it cozy.
    BTW-I really enjoy your blog each day. Keep up the good work.

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  8. I love your Hen Hilton! We have the "Chicken Chapel" that we're trying to beautify with plants. I was thinking sunflowers, but really like the climbing roses! Great job!!!

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  9. I think it's great. Might need to show dh as we need to build another one for meat birds. Could you tell me how big it is in dimensions?

    I think the roses will be a great touch as well...and I never thought of a sink...wonderful idea.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  10. Wow now that is an uptown hen house, any hen would sure be proud to live in it, great going girl, mine looks really itsy next to this one, but then I only have 4 hens too, hugs my friend

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  11. Your Hen Hilton is just adorable! Such a palace for your pampered girls!
    I will be interested to see how your plants fare around the yard. I have planted many different plants, only to have my bad chickens reach through and eat anything within reach! Even stuff they are not supposed to eat, like rhubarb leaves! (Their house and yard are along one side of a spring garden. This way I can let them into the garden to 'till and fertilize' during the off seasons.) It is amazing how small of a hole they will poke their heads through!( Hubby used chain link for the fencing.) And they get to get out nearly every day to range our entire property! I guess it's like they say, "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence!" :~P
    Blessings!

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  12. My wonderful husband really means business when he builds too. We always say he builds things to withstand hurricane force winds. It takes him a while to finish projects, but it's nice to know it's done right. Thanks for sharing your wonderful hen house.

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  13. Treasures Evermore, the dimensions are just under 10 x 12 because we could only go up to 120 sq. ft. without a building permit, otherwise, I would have gone a bit larger to 140 sq. ft.

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  14. It's beautiful!! I've never seen a chicken house that nice and love the flower ideas too.

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  15. Appropriate name, "Hen Hilton". It is beautiful~

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  16. It's wonderful and the flowers will make it lovely! I would definately go with the climbing roses-more places for bugs to hide and chickens to find them!

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  17. I think the roses are a great idea ;) :) Wow...your hubby is very talented to build all that for you!!! That's great!!!..and yes, well-made is important ;) :) The photos are lovely. I can't wait to see what it looks like once everything is up and running :) :)

    Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

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  18. scoot over, hennies, i'm movin' into this swank place myself!!! lol. a wee bit small for all my stuff...but nevertheless very classy. :)

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  19. Amy, our hen house is *very* similar to the one you built. And we also partitioned off a section for storing garden tools, feed, and such. Works fabulously! And, I don't have to tread to the garage for my tools every time. ; ) Melissa

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  20. I am so impressed and inspired by this project,Amy! I am working on a new tool shed and potting area and this gives me more good ideas!

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  21. Amy, your coop is awesome!! I am jealous of the size, but please don't tell my hubby because actually 'his' coop is turning out just perfect. But ya know, what if I decide on *more* chickens later.. lol. Great job.. and I love all the details!! -Tammy

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  22. Tammy, I should have mentioned that this is chicken coop #2 for us. My hens quickly outgrew the small coop my husband made. Who knew I was going to love chickens so much!

    By the way, I've seen the photos of that coop your husband made and it's truly awesome! Even if you graduate to a larger coop, keep it for meat hens or when you bring in new chicks or even for nestless isolation when hens go broody that you don't want to be.

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