June 28, 2014

Cute “condo” chicken coop in Kent, Washington

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It’s been awhile since we featured a reader’s chicken coop but Mary emailed me about her coop and I just knew I had to share! Her chicken coop is located in Kent, Washington and was built by a “Master Craftsman” who lives in Seattle.

Here’s what Mary says about her adorable coop:

“The cost was approximately $1,200 and worth every penny.  It is very easy to clean because where they roost there’s a slide-out tray.  It is completely critter-proof, so we don’t have to worry about coyotes, dogs, raccoons, etc. coming to harm our chickens.  We have four Rhode Island Red laying hens (we call “The Girls”), and expect eggs within the next two months.  Hopefully we’ll get four eggs a day from the girls when they’re ready to lay.  As you can see, we had a great time decorating it and making it a cute condo.  Two of our relatives have offered to use it as a hotel when they come to visit, but we don’t think the girls will be willing to share.”

Thanks for sending in your coop photos Mary! This is one of the cutest and well-built chicken coops that I’ve seen. I love the idea of a slide-out tray under the roost – that makes a huge difference with clean-up. Love the Fresh Eggs sign and the flower basket – how adorable!!

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This post is part of my weekly chicken coop tour,  featuring a different reader-submitted chicken coop every Saturday evening.  Mary will get a $10 Amazon gift card for having her chicken coop featured on the site.

See previous chicken coops in the tour:

Do you have a chicken coop? If so, send me a photo! If I feature your coop you’ll get a $10 Amazon.com gift card! Here are all the details for sending in your coop.

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February 1, 2014

Coop Deville, chicken coop from Valley Springs, California

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It’s Saturday night – which means it’s time to feature another chicken coop! Tonights chicken coop was sent in by Sam and Debbie from Valley Springs, California.

Here’s what Debbie says about her adorable coop:

I wanted something that looked like a doll house to match our house. We live in the Sierra Nevada foothills so it had to be predator proof. This is what my husband built. It was a joint effort with my vision and his carpentry skills. We wanted to use as many reclaimed materials as possible. He pulled nails from redwood boards, ripped used lumber from larger sizes to the sizes we needed. We wanted them to have as much natural light as possible and found the storm door at our local Habitat For Humanity Store. We just kept adding to it as we went.

This was a fun project and we get tons of compliments on it. We priced everything new and it would have cost well over $1,200. We spent just over $500. We currently have 10 hens and one rooster and get 10-15 eggs per day even in the winter which I attribute to the constant sunlight thanks to the storm door.

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This spring we are putting seamless gutters on our house and will reclaim the old ones to add to our coop. I hope you enjoy looking as much as we’ve enjoyed building it. My favorite feature is the front porch with our fun wooden sign we had a vendor create at our local county fair. It reads The Arledge “Coop” Deville…Farm Fresh Eggs.

Thanks for sending in your coop photos Debbie! I don’t know what I love more – the coop or the idea of all that sunshine. I love how it looks like a mini house and a storm door – that’s a fantastic idea. Way to go finding all the items on the cheap – that coop looks like a STEAL for $500!

Here are more photos of the coop:

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This post is part of my weekly chicken coop tour,  featuring a different reader-submitted chicken coop every Saturday evening.  Debbie will get a $10 Amazon gift card for having her chicken coop featured on the site.

See previous chicken coops in the tour:

Do you have a chicken coop? If so, send me a photo! If I feature your coop you’ll get a $10 Amazon.com gift card! Here are all the details for sending in your coop.

January 25, 2014

Red chicken coop with chandelier from Newport, Oregon

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I’m so excited to bring back our chicken coop features. Every Saturday I’ll be posting a new chicken coop. I think it’s fun to see all the styles and designs.

This week’s chicken coop is from Newberg, Oregon. Sent in by Karen, this coop is “her dream true!”

Here’s what Karens says about her chicken coop:

“This is my dream come true. I’d always wanted chickens. And my husband called on everyone who loves me to help out.

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My friend’s husband is a carpenter and did the framing. My dad and husband did the roofing and coop. My father-in-law helped with the hardware cloth while my mother-in-law watched my two toddlers. 

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January 21, 2014

Send in photos of your chicken coop (earn a $10 Amazon gift card!)

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Do you or someone you know have a backyard chicken coop? If so, send me a photo and I’ll feature it in the Queen Bee Chicken Coop tour! I featured chicken coops for a long time and then stopped (not sure why?) – but I miss featuring chicken coops and I want to start again!

Starting this week, I will feature a new chicken coop every Saturday. It’s so much fun to see the different kinds of chicken coops and backyard chicken set ups. The best part – if I feature your chicken coop you’re get a $10 Amazon gift card!

Here’s what to do:

  1. Take a photo (or multiple photos) of your chicken coop. Take the photo(s) during the day so you have good lighting, not blurry, etc. You want people to be able to see the coop. The better quality the photo(s), the better your chances of being featured. Send it HIGH Resolution. I can always make it smaller, but can’t make it bigger.
  2. Email the photo(s) to chickencoops@queenbeecoupons.com, subject line: Chicken Coop Tour
  3. Please include in the email: your name, your city/state, any details you want to share about your coop. . . .For example, Did you build it yourself? How much did it cost to build? What features are your favorite? How many chickens do you have? Do you have recommendations for new chicken owners? How many eggs do you get a day?

It has to be your coop, can’t belong to someone else. If you have a friend who has a coop, encourage them to send in their photos!. I’ll be providing Amazon gift cards only for coops featured here on the blog. 

Here are some of the chicken coops we have featured in the past:

November 2, 2013

Saturday in the yard – Chickens enjoying the fall weather, lots of leaves to rake (someday)

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It’s been a long time since I’ve posted chicken photos. We’ve just been busy truckin’ along this fall and the chickens are doing the same. Thanks to the beautiful, dry, weather we’ve had here in the Northwest the chickens have spent a LOT of extra time running around the yard. I love looking out my kitchen window watching them peck and waddle around the yard. Combine that with the gorgeous fall leaves and it brings me joy to watch.  I still dream of having an actual farm someday and we are saving our pennies to someday make that dream a reality.

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Family photo. All eight chickens are here. Of course they are more interested in eating grass and finding grubs than they are about getting their photo taken.

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August 24, 2013

Saturday in the Garden – More tomatoes, all the baby chickens are laying!

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Things are really winding down in our backyard. The grass is hibernating (dead and yellow), the raised beds are empty with the occasional weed or lettuce gone to seed. We didn’t plant pumpkins this year (see ours last year) and I’m regretting it badly now (I just never got around to it).

BUT this morning my sweet girl and I harvested nearly 2.5 pounds of cherry tomatoes. They are every size possible, down to the itsy bitsy. My kids will eat this raw all day long, so instead of doing another batch of roasted marinara sauce, I think we’ll just enjoy these raw in salads and as snacks.

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I find it slightly magical the way cherry tomatoes so naturally cascade in a rainbow.

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And although all my plants have fallen over and they are on the ground, they still seem to be thriving – by the grace of something other greater than myself, since I haven’t been paying them much attention. Lots of green ones left, so we’ll have another couple weeks of harvests, I think.

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We probably picked 2.5 pounds after you figure all the ones we ate while picking.

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AND we are now getting TWO green eggs a day (for a total of 6-7 a day) so now we know all our baby chickens are now laying! So excited. Aren’t they glorious? We got these babies back in March, you can read more about there here.

So that’s what’s happening in my backyard. Humor me and tell me what’s happening in yours. . . . 

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August 17, 2013

Saturday in the Garden – Our first green egg from our Ameraucana chicken

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Today’s Saturday in the Garden is short and sweet. My lettuce has gone to seed, I picked a bunch of tomatoes and made Roasted Marinara Sauce and the chickens are all doing marvelously.

The most exciting news from the yard this week – happened this morning, when the kids and I went out to check the eggs. We found our first GREEN egg! Wahoo. I’m so proud of it, you would have think I laid it myself. This gem of an egg came from one of our Ameraucana chickens – which lay either blue or green eggs.  I think all but one of the baby chicks that we got back in March are now laying. We are still waiting on the other Ameraucana.

The white eggs are from our Leghorn. And we still have a Barred Rock that is laying next to the waterer, not sure what’s up with that. My daughter was telling the Barred Rocks this morning (in a rather mothering way) – “you gotta put your egg upstairs, k?!”  By upstairs she means the nesting boxes in the hen house. If it was only that easy. We’ll see if they get it figured out.

I will tell you – getting eggs from the coop never seems to get old. We’ve had chickens now for about 13 months and every single day feels like a blessing. I’m serious! We love our chickens and the eggs that they lay for us – and no matter how many times we open the nesting box, it still feels like opening a present on Christmas.

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This is one of our Ameraucanas. I’m not sure which one is laying, but I’m betting the other one isn’t far behind.

So that’s what’s happening in my backyard. Humor me and tell me what’s happening in yours. . . . 

August 3, 2013

Saturday in the Garden – Harvested nearly 6 pounds of onions! Plus, how do I get baby chicks to lay in nesting box?

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The exciting news this week is I harvested five pounds 12 ounces of Sweet Walla Walla onions. It’s about 20 onions. And I’m still in shock that I was able to grow them. I have never seen better lookin’ onions. I suppose it’s like having babies – you always think your own are cute. And just like a new mom, I’ll be posting entirely too many onion photos in this post – hope that’s okay. I haven’t cut into the onions yet, so who knows just how they taste, but at this point, I’m not really sure I’d care.

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Right out of the ground they are dirty little buggers.

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I wiped them off with a dry towel to clean them up. I have no idea what I’m doing, I should probably Google it.

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