Chicken Coop Tour with Edible landscaping + Chicken Art Giveaway
May 16, 2014
We had the pleasure of keeping chickens for the past five years. Over those years, I’ve learned a good deal about their overall care, needs, and simple ways to make it easier to care for them. Over the past couple of weeks, I have been busy landscaping around the new coop and run and adding some sweet touches to the inside of the coop. It is still a work in progress, but I thought that you’d like to see what I have been up to! Outside the coop, I’ve planted a garden with edibles and chicken safe plants. Still in their infancy, I love to combine veggies, herbs, berry bushes, and perennials to give the garden a cottage look. Let’s take a little coop tour.
On the trellis, I have planted three raspberry bushes and nasturtium. In the gardens, are swiss chard, celery, lavender, cilantro, marjoram, rosemary, cilantro, borage, cabbage, ornamental grasses, dill, coneflowers, hostas, black eyed susan, sunflowers to name a few. All of these are safe around your flock. In fact, this is their garden. Once established and the plantings are larger, the chickens will be allowed to roam among the plantings and enjoy them while supervised. In the meantime, I will harvest small stalks and clippings for the girls to enjoy in the run.
On the coop’s stoop, I have planted an edible container garden for the flock filled with lettuce, pansies, and climbing sugar snap peas. I love combining a variety of foliage and intermixing plantings.
I’ve even started on the inside of the coop and thought you’d enjoy a little sneak peek. One of the best things that you can do to extend the life of your coop’s floor and make clean up a breeze is to lay down linoleum flooring. Painting the inside of the coop makes cleaning easier as well and extends the life of the coop. With some water and white vinegar, the painted surfaces are easily cleaned and disinfected.
Painting the walls and adding lots of windows for ventilation also helps to disperse sunlight in the coop. Sunlight is a great natural disinfectant. With the abundance of light, some herbs were added to the upper shelf to keep the coop pest free. Here oregano, lavender and chamomile sit next to vintage blue canning jars that store oyster shells and grit. Why can’t the girls have some houseplants with benefits!? I share the coop plants with the girls too! I’ll share how soon.
Of course, not surprisingly, the girls have a favorite nest box.
Back outside, along the run fresh green grass has been planted. Once it takes root, this too will be one of the chickens’ favorite places to explore. The run itself is covered. This keeps the girls protected from the elements and shaded. I love that I can now sit inside the run and spend time with the girls.
Tilly our head hen.
Our inseparable Buff Orpingtons, Oyster Cracker and Sunshine.
The Silkies are hanging out by the Little Giant feeders filled with oyster shells and grit.
I have lots more to do and share over the next couple of weeks with you including some fun chicken ideas so stay tuned! Finally warmer days are upon us and I could not be happier, spending time outside with my family, flock, and gardens. I’m happiest when I feel the world around me blooming.
Sarah, the amazing woman behind Sarah Hudock’s Lighthearted Art, is an incredibly talented artist and a sponsor of ours. She designs beautiful artwork and has added her original paintings to tin signs. These signs are perfect for the coop or home.They are weatherproof and wipe clean with a damp soft sponge. This signs measures approximately 11 inches by 18 inches and retails for $72.