Friday, October 9, 2009

Chicken Coop Makeover

"It was just some boards of rough cut pine and a quilt of patchwork cotton"......oh no that was Brenda Lee's Big Four Poster Bed wasn't it? Not Rebecca Len's new rollaway nest boxes!!!
Yes they are also out of rough cut pine boards!!! That's OK if they actually work I wouldn't care what they are made out of. My hens are all apparently eating eggs. I have caught a many of them with egg on their face and I have heard that this will stop them. They can't eat what they can't catch right? The egg is supposed to 'rollaway' from the hen as soon as she gets up, and hopefully before she can turn around and grab it.

My dearest husband made these for me. I designed them and then of course he "tweaked" the design to his liking, sorta like our houses and barns and other buildings he has built me over the years ;-) I think they are kinda cute. I love the copper roof. I have always wanted a copper roof on something with a cupola!!!! Maybe my barn? Probably my next nest boxes if the hens will actually lay in them!!! I have probably scared them away from ever laying an egg again!!!


These are lined with some foam that we had laying around to prevent the eggs from rolling down to the wood and cracking. I hope to open this little door tomorrow and find a few great big white brown and green eggs in there!! Wish me luck on that one. Tonight after the hens went up I saw one of my big Buff Orpington pullets roosting in one of the holes....a good sign or not???



These new boxes and my friend Linda over at Praire Flower Farm inspired me to clean up the coop and decorate it up a little for fall. She is giving away a gorgeous curtain (or should I say 3 of them?) out of her own fabric that she designed. Wow!!! I am so impressed with her talents!!! Go on over and check her out. Her drawing will be held tomorrow. I think you still have time to get in the running. Good Luck!!! I could really use it in my chicken coop but as I never win anything.........I just settled on one that I whipped up yesterday. It is a sunny yellow the color of rich egg yolks.......do you think that will make them mad when they are laying their eggs and looking straight at those yellow yolks, I mean curtains?????

















Old insulators jus because......




















I can't get enough barn stars in my life.......







This is a vintage embroidery thread box that I got at a yardsale many years ago. I haven't really done anything with it til now......









I thought it would be a great place to store pens, scissors twine etc in the feed room.










Yolk yellow curtain














B&W version.....













I hope they can't reach this til at least Winter













Love me some white pumpkins.........my Goodwill ladderback chair


















I got this idea from my dad.......a paint bucket hanging feeder for my laying mash.. .......I made it all by myself back in the spring :0}
































Now here is the ruler of the roost.........meet Becky. She is my only white guinea and she is sooooooo the boss. I knew it from the start. She is just like me.......nosy, noisy, loud mouthed, pushy, needy, selfish, a pig, beautiful, annoying, a real mother hen, faithful to her brood and her friends, a fraidy cat at times, scared of bears, scared of spiders I am sure, messy, mean, ugly......oh no I already said beautiful so scratch that, ........etc. etc. etc............. She really watches over this farm. If you don't believe me just come for a visit!!!!!
I hope you enjoyed the little tour of Le Coup. It's not much but it sure is an improvement from what it was a couple days ago!!! After we were thru hanging the nest boxes tonight my dearest helper looked and me and said "Well it's about time you fixed up this chicken coop." ........I had to beg him to help me with this because he didn't understand why anyone needed to decorate their coop. He thought at first I had totally lost my mind. Again!!! But when he comes around to my way of thinking .............
Now for the sad stuff......... as I went to check on my little ladies in their new dive tonight I found one of my 4 month old White Leghorn Pullets laying in this new coop floor dead. Looked as if a dog had chewed on her. I had not been away for more than 15 minutes. Frankie is now in sooooooo much trouble. Frankie is our 5 year old miniature Dacshund who has never ever bothered chickens until today and he chased them all day long. Boy is little hiny in trouble.
God Bless You All!!!!!

Update: Saturday 11:29 AM They work!!! 2 eggs in one box and they rolled to the front uncracked!!!!
My helper found them and he was grinning from ear to ear!!! Leslie~~~ your dad/my helper said after this that he would come over and turn your boxes into rollaway boxes!!!!!















17 comments:

Amanda said...

Hens eat eggs?!?!?!? That's terrible. Their own eggs? Your coop is fixed up really cute!

Rebecca of Sunny Morning Farm said...

Yes they do.....all the half raised little ........well you know the type! Once they get a taste, for whatever reason, of an egg they are usually hooked. I have seen everyone of mine fight over a scrap of the egg shell. OMG!!! Makes me sooooo mad!!!

I have tried everthing short of cutting off their beaks, ya know down even with their face!!!! So let's just wait and see if these boxes work.

Thank you!!!

Catherine Anne said...

Oh how nice! Now I cant wait to get out and work more on our coop! Love it!

Amy said...

I like what you've done with your coop. I too love the inspiration Linda has to offer. Sure hope your new hen boxes work out, they sure are nice!

Lorilee said...

Rebecca,
Your coop decorating looks great! I have heard of chickens eating eggs, but, luckily, none of mine have ever done it. I just have one chicken that is an escape artist! I have clipped both of her wings.
Blessings,
Lorilee

Leslie said...

Love the new coop decor! I need to fix mine up a little. It may inspire mine to actually lay. Hope the nest boxes work, if they do my daddy can make me some...ha..ha.

Linda Stubbs said...

Go Farmgirl!!!!!!! You did a fantastic job. Okay, back to my chicken coop. You gave me some more ideas. I love the nest box idea. I have seen boxes that you open from the out side. Must be nice. You really are going to inspire all of us. I still have to paint mine. It is really an old little building that used to be the wash house. I love old things. You are one creative lady. Your pictures are so warm and inviting!!!!!! Wish you lived next door.
Hope you aren't aching much...... smile. The post is beautiful and your girls I am sure are enjoying all the decor!I just love that star!!!! Cute cute. I like stars. The hat, curtain, broom, old chair and pumpkin, it alllllllll!!!!!!!
That was not a nice dog! I had a neighbor's dog come and kill 6 chickens, plus wounded our dog terrible. Not fun. Poor doggies hiny!
Blessings, Linda
We drew the winners this morning, come over and see. You were sweet to mention my blog here. Thank you so much.

ga.farmwoman said...

I love your new nest boxes! You both did a great job on them.
the coop makeover is great. It makes me want to go out and clean something up now, it looks so good.



Have a great weekend.

Nancy M. said...

I'm so glad the nesting boxes worked! It's no fun when they eat their eggs. Your coop redo looks great!

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

Hi Rebecca,
Came over from Linda's place! Do you give your hens Oyster Shell?
If you put Oyster shell out they should stop eating eggs! We poured a 50 pound bag in the coop yard and it should last for several years. :)

Flat Creek Farm said...

Rebecca, Love your coop and all the special touches! That nest box is pure genius. I hopped on over here from Linda's, and glad I did. I'm returning to life with chickens Spring 2010 (I hope!), and looking for any and all ideas for a new coop. We built our donkey barn from recycled materials from old buildings on the farm, and I would love to do the same for the coop. Great ideas, and thank you so much for sharing. I'll be back! :) -Tammy

Rebecca of Sunny Morning Farm said...

Thanks so much ladies!!!

Carol ~ I have kept oyster shells free choice for my girls almost continuously and they still eat the eggs. My only girls that are laying now are getting really old and about spent in the egg dept. Their shells are soft and don't seem to be getting any better probably due to age.

I do have 7 pullets that should start laying at anytime now. My daughter has some of the same brood and she got her first pullet egg yesterday!!! She was so excited! Maybe their shells will be better and they will have a hard time eating them if they do get to them. It is so frustrating feeding these hens and then have them eat the fruits of their labor too!!!

I do like the idea of pouring a big bag of oyster shells right out in the pen! We always just kept a feeder full.

Thanks again for stopping by!!!

Rebecca of Sunny Morning Farm said...

Thanks so much ladies!!!

Carol ~ I have kept oyster shells free choice for my girls almost continuously and they still eat the eggs. My only girls that are laying now are getting really old and about spent in the egg dept. Their shells are soft and don't seem to be getting any better probably due to age.

I do have 7 pullets that should start laying at anytime now. My daughter has some of the same brood and she got her first pullet egg yesterday!!! She was so excited! Maybe their shells will be better and they will have a hard time eating them if they do get to them. It is so frustrating feeding these hens and then have them eat the fruits of their labor too!!!

I do like the idea of pouring a big bag of oyster shells right out in the pen! We always just kept a feeder full.

Thanks again for stopping by!!!

Mama Hen said...

That is a great coop!!!!

Naturalearthfarm said...

How nice to have beauty even in your chicken coop. As time becomes more available as our children grow and as we settle more into our new homestead, I plan to work towards this. Thank you for sharing.

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Hello Rebecca,
It so nice to meet you, I came over after Linda had suggested we do, and I must say I have enjoyed my visit. I have chickens and guineas, and they are a delight.
Thanks for all the ideas here as my dh and i are planning to renovate ours this winter.
Have a blessed day,
Sue

~OurCrazyFarm said...

What a cute chicken coop! I love the idea of decorating everything! You have a wonderful talent/gift! We built a rustic outhouse out back and my husband laughed at me for decorating it (for the mice mostly:). Great pictures!