The Chicken Coop Scoop

NOTE: This post was originally published on our work website on August 12, 2016.

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The Chicken Coop is finished! Ryan and I had such a fun time on this project and we enjoyed getting to share it with you live on our Facebook page. As promised, here is the scoop with details and sources.

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The chicken coop was a great project to work on as a family.  There were little jobs for little hands, and big jobs for big hands.  It was also a great time for Ryan and I to chat while working on it together.   We had lots of hands involved in this project and I intend on doing a separate post showing “behind the scenes” footage with our kids, neighbors, and friends helping out on this work of heart!

Below is the door detail.  As mentioned on our live video, we wanted to build this coop as inexpensively as possible.  So for the door, we picked it up at a local “junk” store for less than $20 and painted it.  I already had this paint on hand from a previous project, and it is “Slate Tile” by Sherwin Williams.  Ryan added two door latches–we needed a second high latch to keep the kids from opening it up and leaving the door open for predators. I picked up that dark blue planter on the left from our local junk man ($2), and the American flag was something I’ve had for years and even considering getting rid of before due to the sun fading the colors out, but now I’m so glad I kept it because the blue fade goes perfectly with the coop.  Ryan mounted a flower hook from Home Depot for me so that I could always keep a hanging basket of fresh flowers up.  It is August in Texas right now, so none of my flowers are doing too well! I will have to get creative with what needs to hang on there next.  Come soon, fall weather!

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I absolutely love the rustic wood siding that Ryan used.  We were pretty intentional with the siding because we wanted it to be rustic and cheap but not too janky.  We were first going to use wooden pallets but a friend suggested using fence planks instead.  That decision turned out great and Ryan spent a lot of time pulling nails, cutting, and designing.  I adore the vertical planks mixed with the horizontal planks.

Because we have some other out buildings at our house that have red in them, I knew I wanted to trim the chicken coop out in red.  It made sense to make everything tie in together! This red is “Cherry Cola Red” by Behr from Home Depot.  Home Depot had a great color card that was my inspiration for the coop.  Click HERE to see the color card on our Instagram page.  I knew I wanted some type of gooseneck barn light and I ended up purchasing this galvanized metal one from Lamps Plus.  If you need a custom size, material and/or color for your barn (or interior) light, check out Barn Light Electric.  They have the dreamiest lights ever (and I love their tagline: “where vintage and modern collide”)!

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“Ranch in the City” is the affectionate term for our home, and my mom gave me this old window several years ago with the phrase “Ranch in the City” hand painted on the window pane.  But the sun and rain faded the letters over time so I cleaned up the window and installed a waterproof decal that is supposed to last for 5-7 years.  The decal was custom made by Stormy Night Designs on Etsy and it the reason I chose this vendor was because I was able to choose any free Google font that I wanted for my decal.  I ordered the chicken decal separately from a different Etsy vendor, but in the same color so it would all tie in together.

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Close-up photo detail of bench + flowers.

I used an old worn bench with warped wood to set in front of the coop to display flowers. The bench is special because it came from one of our properties that we purchased to flip. The previous owners left it outside and Ryan brought it home for me knowing that it would go perfect for this project. The 3 planters (left to right) were purchased from Canton First Monday Trade Days, Magnolia (at their old location), and from my local junk man.

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Little shot of the run here.  I planted a crossvine plant that is an evergreen (yay!) and I’m hoping it will vine across the coop to provide some shade in the coop for next summer.  (We originally had a wisteria here but my mom tipped me off that it could potentially be poisonous if eaten by the chickens so we switched and put the crossvine in.)  The wooden tree stumps are also from one of our properties and they are the perfect place for the chickens to perch and feel important!

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Beginning of some crossvine blooms!  The majority of my flowers were purchased from my favorite local nursery, Meador Nursery.

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I love, love, love the combination of woods and metals!

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You can see that the wood isn’t perfect, and that’s what I love about it.  Ryan pressure washed the wood to give it a clean look that better showed the imperfections.  He cut each piece with his saw to perfectly match up the pieces together.

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This is an old window on the west side of the coop.  Ryan knocked the glass out and we installed this window for ventilation and placed some chicken wire over it to protect them from intruders.

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I ordered “the hen house” sign from Liberty Island Farm on Etsy.

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Another view taking a step back! The red tin roof matches our barn and was left over from when the barn was built, so Ryan used it for this roof.  Another element that helps tie the chicken coop to the other buildings we have on our property, plus it was free!  And I love the way the green grass contrasts with the coop!

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Chicken coop interior coming at you now…who ever knew you would need to “decorate” a chicken coop?!

What’s more American than a chicken coop? Ok, maybe apple pie, but fresh eggs is a close second in our eyes! So I thought it would look great to use this wooden painted flag that I already had and hang it above their nesting boxes.  I purchased this old rustic metal box piece from Canton First Monday Trade Days a couple of years ago for $20.  I was using it in my art studio to store art supplies but once we built the chicken coop, I knew it had to be used for its original purpose!  Ryan used manila rope (purchased from Home Depot) to mount the coop.  We are in love with manila rope, and we use it on everything! I love the way the metal looks with the white and I love the metal plus rope combination as well.

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These “Feed Your Belly Feed Your Soul” and “Freedbirds” wooden blocks are from a friend who did a remodel at Freebirds. (These were extras from the job site.)

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Detail of the manila rope, plus rope clamps and XL metal screw eyes–these were used to hang the roosting boxes and we also used the same items to hang the chicken’s water bucket in the corner (not shown).

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I took a step back in the photo below to show you a full length shot of the interior.  Although the interior didn’t need to be painted, I just knew a light paint would give the coop a lighter, more open look. I used livestock-safe barn and fence paint from Behr and the color is Barn White No. 35. It’s a great bright white even those these pictures actually make the paint look a little yellow due to the position of the sun when I was shooting.

We’ve got more tree stumps inside the coop, a metal bin to store chicken feed, and their water and feeder.

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So, we started with seven chicks and still have all seven! (This is by the grace of God, because we’ve had two near-death accidents!) The chicks are growing like crazy and they love their tiny abode. The kids enjoy holding them and chasing them and we can’t wait for them to start producing some farm fresh eggs for us!  Here’s a roll call:

  1. Peepers – an Easter Egger
  2. Gladys – a White Brahma
  3. Peach – a Golden Comet
  4. Alex Morgan – a Black-Laced Golden Wyandotte
  5. Priscilla – a Salmon Faverolle
  6. Star – an Ameraucana
  7. Domino – a Dominique

The chicks were purchased at my local feed store, D &L Feed Store in Denton.  They were so helpful in helping us choose the perfect chicks for our family, and they let the kids hold a handful of chicks while we made decisions about our final inventory!

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Big huge thank you to Ryan who put a lot of man hours into this project and made it the dreamiest coop I could have ever imagined! He is so talented!

Is anybody ready to build a coop?! We hope we’ve inspired you to potentially design your own chicken house!  If you have any questions for us, just send us an email or contact us on social media!

Adding this last image for potential Pinterest pinning!  Have a great weekend y’all!

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