The very first time I laid eyes on Kraemer House, one of my first thoughts was where’s the garden? At some point there had been an apple orchard but no signs of an established garden space. It took several years but we created that garden I was looking for: A well organized space complete with a chicken coop and potting area. One of the last projects we completed was the garden cottage.
Click here to see how the garden progressed over the years.
Looking at the structure from left to right, the first three windows are the potting area and window number four is the coop. There are also hinged doors that allow access to the nesting boxes for convenient egg collection.
A small potting shed-garage-pigeon house was on the property and we reclaimed all of the useable wood from that structure to use inside the coop which has all the modern amenities that any urban chicken might need.
The chicken run provides the girls with ample room to explore. Fallen branches and stumps of wood serve as perches. A green space complete with a chicken garden and a sandy area completes the 30 foot long space.
A few additional features that keep the girls happy and make my chicken keeping tasks efficient:
- A poop board. Chickens expel a lot of excrement at night and the board makes for easy cleanup with a putty knife. The little nuggets of fertilizer are then composted for use in the garden.
- Flat Panel Radiant Heater. Temperature controlled with an on/off adapter set at 20 degrees F. Chickens don’t require heat but every now and then it gets extremely cold for extended periods of time.
- Automatic Coop Door. It opens when the sun rises and closes when the sun sets. Best investment ever!
- Hardware Cloth. It was used on all exposed areas — the coop windows, the run, etc. — to protect the girls from predators.
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A special thank you to Lisa Steele of Fresh Eggs Daily who has inspired me with her ideas and encouragement as I embark on this new adventure! If you’re considering getting chickens, know someone who is, or just want to broaden your knowledge of all things poultry, her site is the place to discover things you didn’t even know you needed to know!