We have a week left until our carpet is installed, and as I’m busy working around the house I find myself reflecting on our white shed outside. We have plans to move it to its final destination in the NE quadrant of the property where it will become our chicken coop. Well, not just for chickens, but also guinea fowl, and turkey. I’ve already started planning out which trees, shrubs and vegetation will go into that quadrant which will become our chicken pasture.
The shed sits on a very nice slab of concrete which will become the perfect slab for storing our garbage cans as well as recycling bins. A privacy fence and gate will be added at a later time, since we’ll be adding acacia, olive and fig trees (just to name a few) to the area. The fences we have in this particular section of the property will be utilized for raspberries and blackberries.

What I’m excited about is moving that shed and beginning to make its transformation into a chicken coop. I’ve surfed the net looking for some creative ideas of how we can convert this shed into a coop, and the following photos are of some of the different awesome coops I’ve seen:

I know that we’ll come up with something that is very aesthetically pleasing as well as very functional for our coop. I just love looking at all the different options and how creative people become when it comes to their chickens.  We’ll be making our incubator this winter and ordering fertilized eggs in February, as well as purchasing our first paired Silkie Bantams this spring. I’ve been keeping my eye on a few breeders I was fairly impressed with.

The photo to the left will become our chicken pasture as well as the location of a few other small outbuildings. Right in the center of the quadrant is a large utility pole, which will be the location of our bat box. Along the back fence will be the future location of our top-bar bee hives as well. I’m VERY excited about making the bat box as well as the top-bar boxes.

After the carpet has been installed, we’ll be taking a week or two to finish planning out chicken coop and pasture, so that Dom can begin to plan the earthworks for the area.