Guest Posting At Lovely Greens - Building A Permanent Chicken Coop



One of the best things about blogging is the people.  The people reading your blog and leaving comments or sending emails as well as the discovery of others with similar interests.  I feel so fortunate in "meeting" so many of you through this little country blog.

Tanya from Lovely Greens is someone I've followed for awhile, as we have similar interests, and she recently invited me to be a part of her guest post series, for which I was very honored.  We could choose what to write about and I chose to write an update to my original Chicken Coop 101 {which, can I just say has amazingly received over 150,000 views so thank you to all who have viewed and/or shared this} post.  The new version is titled "Building A Permanent Chicken Coop" and is simply some things to keep in mind when building your coop.

If your fairly new to this blog you may not know our property came with a cute but run-down little coop that I initially did not want to use.  It had a dirt floor, was very dark and the outdoor coop was accessible by the chickens only so if we needed to get in to gather any stray eggs {sometimes the eggs surprise the girls and out it pops} or help a sick chick we would have to tear down the entire outdoor coop.  The best thing we did, however, was to start with that coop and live with it for a couple of months.  In living with it we discovered many little things that either we liked or wanted to change when building the new coop that we hadn't previously thought of.

Simple things like the door to the outdoor coop opening out and not in.  In the old coop it opened in and I had to wade through the mob of upset chickens to open the door and let them out every morning.  In the new coop I walk into an empty outdoor coop and open the door to welcome them.

If you've never visited Tanya's blog before, she is full of wonderful ideas {and beautiful bath & beauty products too!}. She is living a simple, sustainable lifestyle with her husband on the Isle of Man.  On her blog she shares photos of her chickens, bees, allotment, and many how-to's.

I hope you'll hop on over to visit Tanya as well as to read the post I've written for the guest posting series.

11 comments:

Mary Ann said...

Am going to do both things you suggest, and pop over and see both blogs. I agree about the door opening OUT... very important!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I loved your guest post so much! It is perfect for anyone looking to build or update a coop for their chickens.

And over 150k views on your chicken coop 101 post?! That's beyond amazing!

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

Love your coop! I'll have to check out her page, thanks!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks Mary Ann, Tammy and Sue!

Tanya @ Lovely Greens said...

Wonderful post Staci! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and experience in building chicken coops. We will need to build a new one for ourselves some day soon and you can bet that we'll be looking through both your guest post and your 'Chicken Coop 101' pieces.

elaine rickett said...

Hi Staci, Just come over from Lovely Greens to say hello. Enjoyed your post full of sound advice. I have just been reading through your Voluntary Simplicity posts as well and it sounds as though we are on the same wave length - a great read.
Elaine

The Desert Echo said...

I love your post! Your chicken coops looks so pretty, love the timber cladding and the windows look perfect! The windows with the mesh are such a great idea!

daisy said...

Helpful advice, indeed.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thank you so much all - your comments are so kind and truly appreciated. :)

Dani said...

I hope you don't mind but I copied and pasted your article so that I can give it to RMan to read when he's in the right frame of mind to finally make me a chicken coop - I'm dying to have a couple of chickens to provide us with fresh eggs...

Lots of excellent advice - thanks for taking the time to put it all down so clearly :)

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Dani - I don't mind at all! I'm so happy it's helpful. :) Fingers are crossed you get a chicken coop built soon!!