Chickens Coop Care DIY Projects

My Chicken Coop Tour: An Update

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.

Tilly's Nest- removable roostswp

In the bump out, two removable, painted, six foot roosts are there to accommodate all the girls. At night, the majority of their dropping fall in this one area. They don’t trample the droppings and they are very easy to scoop up each day with a small trowel. Cleaning up each day, allows me to only clean the coop out entirely once per month. Here’s how I clean the coop step-by-step.
Tilly's Nest- a peek inside the chicken coopwp

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.

Now all that is left is to decide on a color for the coop door.
UPDATE: Click here to see what color I chose.

My coop is available for purchase here.

Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest

 

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