Designing our chicken coop was so much fun! Okay, let’s be honest—researching on Pinterest for coops I loved was so much fun! I knew I wanted it to look aesthetically pleasing, yet be functional and easy to clean. This meant it needed to be tall enough to stand up in so I could shovel pine shavings, and large enough for 10 chickens. I also wanted to make sure we could access the eggs from the outside, and keep the nesting boxes low maintenance with easy-to-clean AstroTurf. We also made sure to put down a cheap laminate flooring so we could potentially wash the floors if need be.
I told Matt my wish list for the chicken coop and boy did he deliver! I helped by digging trenches for the run. We put galvanized corrugated metal about a foot underground to keep away any predators that would try to dig their way in. Our predator list is pretty small considering we live in a Southern California suburb, but we have seen opossums and raccoons hanging around the chicken coop night.
I scored the glass-pane door for $10 at a yard sale about a year prior, and couldn’t quite decide what I wanted to do with it. Matt fit it into the design, and the girls love being able to peek in whenever they want. I got the diamond pane window at a flea market and the galvanized planter for free!
We love the way our chicken coop turned out!