As I walked up the gentle slope of Deb's garden, my eye caught a glance of her barn red chicken coop tucked quietly into the corner of the backyard. As I find most chicken coops blend in beautifully with the backyard setting, Deb's too seemed like it had been there forever, just a part of her cottage garden.
As I approached the coop, I was instantly struck by it's beauty and creativity. The front of the coop was created with a found window. It allows visitors to peek in at the chickens and see what is going on in the coop. In fact, one of her girls was sitting on her eggs as we took a look.
The wonderful thing about Deb's place is her imagination, her creativity and her garden whimsy. Her clever creative touches are noticed everywhere, from the antique tea pot brewing nasturtiums to the vintage white pedestal sink now cascading with flowers.
Two year old Max was along for the tour as well. He is a Welsh Corgi and has never harmed her chickens. In fact, bred and raised to herd, when he does get a chance to "play" with her girls, he usually herds them into one location, patiently waiting for Deb to come and praise him for his work.
Deb and her family started to keep backyard chickens five years ago as part of a homeschooling project. She originally started out with eight girls, however due to a neighbor's dog, she unfortunately lost the majority of her flock. Heartbroken, she has just added to her flock this Spring with 11 new girls. She also now keeps them safely in the run.
Overtime, Deb has come to prefer Wyandottes and Ameraucanas. These breeds have proven to be incredibly hardy living in New England. All of her girls have been named by her and her children. The names suit her girls and some are old family names now passed on to the chickens.
Mario, Ducky, Heartley, Tweety, Penelope, Steve, Lucille, Gladys, Chestnut, Lacy Lou, and Stripey include these 10 week old Ameracaunas at the feeder.
Even the coop has Deb's sweet thoughful touches. Each nesting box is wallpapered and features a chicken friendly print. Her girls are spoiled! No details have been spared.
When Deb's Golden Laced Wyandotte finally did come off of her nest to meet my daughter and I, we decided to sneak a peek and see just what she was sitting on.
She quickly returned to the coop, as she knew that we had discovered her secret. Six beautiful lightly colored pink and brown eggs.
She watched us for a while and she was not too happy about Deb removing her eggs. She searched each and every nesting box looking for her eggs.
Deb also shared with me her creative and very smart way to store her chicken supplies. You would only assume as you opened the far left nesting box that it would be filled with pine shavings. Instead, it is sealed off and stores food and chicken supplies.
Shortly as we finished making our way around the coop, the rain showers started to fall from the sky. It was time to go in and have a refreshing beverage and continue our chicken talk at Deb's charming kitchen table.
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Photo Credits: Tilly's Nest