Today I thought that I’d share another peek at the chicken coop. The landscaping is beginning to fill in and the edible chicken garden is a very popular place. I picked up two plastic garden stools from Home Goods that the kids enjoy sitting on both inside and outside of the chicken run. Wood chips fill in the garden path ways. I find they are much easier to rake back into place after the chickens scratch around in them.
As you open the door, you are greeted by nine nesting boxes. The nesting boxes, are completely removable for a good cleaning a couple times per year. I placed a few wooden eggs in the upper boxes, to help convince the girls that this is a good place to lay eggs.
I still love to use kiln dried pine shavings on the coop floor. They help control odor and dry out any missed droppings. They are also very inexpensive. When I clean the coop, I rake the run out first. Then I toss the coop’s soiled shavings into the run. The chickens help to compost the shavings and they also help with any excess moisture and puddles in the run from rain. We have two windows on opposite side of the coop. This provides a great cross ventilation in the summer. All the windows also add lots of light to the coop. Did you know that sunlight is a natural bacteria killer?
I also love to add houseplants in the coop too. In addition to using the dried herbs in the nesting boxes, I have mint, lavender and chamomile plants perched up in the rafters to help control flies and other pests. I store the oyster shells and grit up there too in vintage mason jars.
My coop is available for purchase here.