Every spring I say, “This is the year we’re going to get a couple garden chickens.” Because the chicks show up at the feed store, and there’s a window of time when it’s actually feasible to raise them up from yellow cuteness to squawky beligerence. And won’t they look adorable pecking in the garden, helping to clean out all those icky earwigs? Because we have a surplus of earwigs around here. And I don’t like them. Creeps me out to be weeding along the house edge and see them scurrying in great profusion away from the dislodged weed roots. Because they might climb in my glove or something.
Cute chickens would help take care of that. Eggs are a bonus. And they would just be picturesque. Spring always turns into summer before I get around to figuring out the chicken house/coop aspect. Plus, I’ve been reluctant to let chickens loose into my garden before the plants have all had a good length of time to get established–a chicken coming along and stripping the new shoots would just kill the plant. (Learned that from my rabbits. Check.)
So this spring (I’ve seen the robins, they are back, it is spring!) I’m mooning over the photos in this catalog of this particular trailer coop.
Is it portable? Yep. Move it around the yard once a week, so the chickens can fertilize all over and not entirely kill the grass with their scratching. Is it easy on the eye? Yep. My gosh, more so than many I have looked at. It would actually look nice in the yard.
So nice, in fact, that I noted one of similar construction in the pages of this month’s (March, 2011) Victoria magazine.
Do you see why I keep referring to this magazine? I love this magazine. I always see things I am interested in in it! On the grounds of an organic farm, these coops look so natural. I’m sure I could look out the kitchen window and not feel it is an eye-sore.
Since the coop in the above catalog is $499 (ouch!) I have done copious internet research and come up with plans for a similar structure. I am not sure when all is said and done, since we’ll have to go to a neighbor and use her wood-cutting equipment, that the effort and materials won’t have come to right around that much, anyway. This link to the similar plans involves using plywood instead of wood slats on the side, and plywood is an eye-sore. Period. More research needs to be done in that area. And quickly, before this spring gets away from me for another year!