Chicken Coop “EGGS” Sign

Now that we have the new chicken coop built and painted, I can decorate!

Now, my husband is an engineer..his mind works a bit differently than mine.. He is more into how things function, getting angles just right, and over-building things so whatever he is working on is incredibly structually sound… After the basic necessities are met, my mind wanders to “how can I make this look good?!” “do chickens need furniture?” “what color combinations compliment chicken feathers?”… Ha! We balance each other out. Our differences make us a good team because we bring different things to the creative table and help each other see the other side. :)

Anyway, yes, I understand decorating a chicken coop is silly and has no function.. Yes, I am going to do it anyway. ūüėČ

First, painted the nesting boxes red, yay!

Red nesting boxes in the new coop.

Red nesting boxes in the new coop.

I knew I wanted a sign to go above the nesting boxes (of course, right!?). I found metal letters at Michael’s and they were on sale! It was meant to be! I love them! Such a cool find! They didn’t have a ton of letters left, so I had to play boggle for a while until I found a few words I could use. The girls were very patient while I figured it all out…luckly they are too young to be embarrassed because every time I found a word I would get all excited! Ha!

I settled on “EGGS”, “CHICKS”, and “D&A” for Dave and Ashley.. I don’t know what I am going to do with those yet.

Metal letters from Michael's.

Metal letters from Michael’s.

At first I was just going to hang them above the coop..

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But it felt like they needed another layer to make it look good. 

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I cut some wood for the background and stained it dark walnut.

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Then I sealed it with an outdoor gloss.

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I really like the wood background with the letters. I used a metal strapping on the other side to join the wood together. Then I nailed down the letters and hung it up in the coop.

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I will need to tack down the bottom of the letters tomorrow…I don’t notice they were bending out a little bit until I looked at this picture.¬†

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Still fun though!! Dave was making fun of me that I keep labeling things like a preschool… “EGGS”, “ducks”, my “chicks” sign is next… Lol! As long as I don’t label “door”, “wall”.. Etc.. I think it’s alright.. :)

Thanks for reading!

Ashley

baby chicks first night out!

Our first batch of chicks were ready for the outside coop. I still keep a heat light out there so they can go in the indoor part of the coop to keep warm if they need to. Morgan asked if she can sleep in there with them! Ha! Love that kid!

Big day for them!

Big day for them!

They were a little nervous at first.

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The buff orpington chickens(yellow) are the sweetest chickens! They come right up to you and let you pet them. 

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Now they have more room to walk around and explore and climb on things. 

The other batch of chicks will join them in a week. They are a little too small to be outside yet. I want their big feathers to grow out more so they stay warm at night.

Morgan and her chick.

Morgan and her chick.

Morgan can’t get enough of them. Gianna is a little jaded… The last few times she tried to hold a chicken or duck, it pooped on her.. Lol! Poor kid!

Morgan loves them

Morgan loves them

I would not be surprised if Morgan trys to sneak a few of these girls in the house.. Hopefully they stay happy in their big-chick coop!

Ashley

a nesting box for the ducks

Our duck can’t jump into the new nesting boxes because they are to high. So now she lays her eggs on the ground. I wanted to get her a little box, or crate, for her to lay her eggs in, and sleep at night.

I saw a picture of the cutest duck house on Pinterest. Our ducks and chickens will be using the same coop, so we won’t need a duck house (right now, anyway), but I used the colors as inspiration to make her a little bed.

Inspiration picture. This house is adorable!

Inspiration picture. This house is adorable!

I bought the crate from Michael’s for $6 on sale. The letters were $1 each on sale from Hobby Lobby. Don’t mind the other stuff.. That’s another post. :)

$6 wood crate. Wood "duck" letters for $1 each.

$6 wood crate. Wood “duck” letters for $1 each.

I stained the crate a dark walnut and painted the letters Lemon yellow.

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I added an outdoor clear coat to the crate before putting the letters on. It’s not going to be outside, but it will get hot and cold in the barn, so I figured the added protection would be a good idea.

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Then I glued the letters on and added some straw bedding.

I hope she likes it as much as I do!

I hope she likes it as much as I do!

Pepper showed interest in it right away.

Pepper showed interest in it right away.

All the other ladies are interested too. I hope she uses it! Notice Pepper has red paint on her.. She always had to be right up into whatever I am doing, including painting the coop last week. :)

All the other ladies are interested too. I hope she uses it! Notice Pepper has red paint on her.. She always has to be right up into whatever I am doing, including painting the coop last week. :)

We will see if she uses it instead of laying her eggs on the ground. Hopefully when our baby ducks grow up they will use it too. :)

Thanks for reading!

Ashley

Spring Chicks!

I am thankful this cold weather is on its way out. I enjoy winter, but by the end, I am ready to move on. Moving to the farm has been a huge life changer for us. These first few years will be full of trial and error until we get a system down. Taking care of a horse, donkey, and chickens buried by huge snow drifts is not fun.. But, we signed up for this, we will learn from it, and find smarter ways to deal with the weather next year. The “challenge” aspect of living here is kinda fun. You have to be resourceful, and figure it out as you go. :)

A few weeks ago I picked up 16 baby chicks from a feed store in the next town over. I picked up all egg laying hens. I got Buff Orpingtons (brown eggs), Cuckoo Marans (dark brown eggs), and Ameraucanas (blue green eggs).  The plan is to get enough eggs for our family, some local family, friends, and some to sell. Having different breeds of chickens means different beautifully colored eggs.

This is a neat image I saw on pinterest that shows different egg colors from different chicken breeds.

This is a neat image I saw on pinterest that shows different egg colors from different chicken breeds.

A week later I picked up some more fun animals:  2 bronze turkeys, 2 peaking ducks, a few polish chickens, wyandotts, and silkie bantams. They are sooo sweet! We now have 30 chickens total!

All snuggled up!

All snuggled up!

 

The girls love on all these girls every day! :)

The girls love on all these girls every day! :)

 

This polish chick already has a pom-pom head thing going on!

This polish chick already has a pom-pom head thing going on!

 

Fulton does not know what to think about these little guys.

Fulton does not know what to think about these little guys.

These ladies grow fast!! We kept them inside for the first week, then Dave built them a bigger box out in the barn with a heat light. They will stay there for the next 5 weeks.

Here's a pretty ameraucana.

Here’s a pretty ameraucana.

Gianna with the baby ducks.

Gianna with the baby ducks.

One of our buffs atending "perch school", as the girls call it, in the new coop. :)

One of our buffs atending “perch school”, as the girls call it, in the new coop. :)

Now we need to get a larger coop ready to fit all these new chickens!

Thanks for reading!

-ash

Blizzard!! 15″inches!!

We woke up to strong winds and lots of snow Sunday morning. We messed with it a bit Sunday, but the wind was so bad that whatever we worked on was quickly covered back up. I couldn’t pick up Gianna because the roads were to bad we didn’t want to risk it. Her dad just moved, so now he’s 1.5 hours away. That’s a lot of driving in a blizzard. :(

We kept Bear and Willy (our horse and donkey) locked in the barn. Our chickens were locked in the coop too. I could not find our barn cat in the morning. He has a nice set up in the barn but last night he decided to sleep under my little house.. So, Sunday morning I had to dig through a 2ft drift to get to the opening to get him out! Ha! So weird! I am glad he is ok!

Snowshoes for everyone!

Snowshoes for everyone!

Charlie is safe and back in the barn.

Charlie is safe and back in the barn.

 

Dave snowblowed Sunday night and I did it again Monday morning. The tarp blew off the coop and our poor chickens got a ton of snow in the lower part of the coop. We are going to need to beef up the coop in the spring..

Sunday morning

Sunday morning

Sunday evening

Sunday evening

Sunday morning

Sunday morning

Monday morning

Monday morning

 

Pepper wants it to be spring

Pepper wants it to be spring

I like winter. We have a lot of fun in the snow. The kids had a snow day from school Monday and played for hours while I snowblowed.

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Plowing Monday morning. I didn't even hit ground on the first pass.. Lol! It looks really pretty though.

Plowing Monday morning. I didn’t even hit ground on the first pass.. Lol! It looks really pretty though.

 

I am excited¬†for spring more than ever this year! I can’t wait to pick up some fuzzy baby chicks and ducks, start seeds for the garden, maybe build a green house!! I am sooo excited!!

I hope you are having fun in the snow!

Ashley