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The Chicken Coop - Made From Shipping Crates

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Our Chicken Coop - built from shipping crates and reclaimed lumber. Home to our nine proud hens :) www.oldworldgardenfarms.com
We don’t live on ‘The Farm’ just yet. We actually live in a typical residential neighborhood with neighbors within a throwing distance from us. We have frequent walkers that pass by the house and always give a friendly wave hello. So when we decided to build what we now call “The Coop” - we did so in our driveway where we had the modern convenience of electricity. We wanted to reuse some materials that we had obtained in years past, so we decided to build the chicken coop primarily out of old shipping crates. After week one, we not only had a frame to our structure, but a pretty significant start to the future home of the chickens. Spring was in full force at this time, and after the harsh winter we had, several individuals had decided to take up walking as a form of exercise. Each day we would hear general comments from the neighborhood such as, ”looking good”, and “keep up the good work”. It wasn’t until the actual outside structure was built that we started getting more curious looks and the occasional question, “Ok, you have to settle a bet, are you building a playhouse or a dog house?”. To much of their surprise, we would laugh and tell them that it was actually a chicken coop….always followed by a quick clarification of “Don’t worry, it’s not staying in the driveway, we are moving it out to the farm”. Now, we live in a small community, where the head football coach of our small high school lives just up the street. Without hesitation, one day at school he approached one of our boys and commented, “Son, you are going to have the most elaborate dog house on the block”. To the horror of our son, he shyly admitted to Coach that it wasn’t a doghouse at all, but a chicken coop in progress. Life has never been the same at school.....
You can find more about our coop and meet our nine hens here : http://oldworldgardenfarms.com/news-from-the-coop/

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  • Z
    Z
    on Aug 21, 2012

    What lucky girls to have such a nice home!

  • Old World Garden Farms
    Old World Garden Farms Newark, OH
    on Aug 21, 2012

    Becky - They certainly seem to enjoy it - and I don't think I could ever have "store" bought eggs again...they are so much better!

  • Angela A
    Angela A Lula, GA
    on Aug 21, 2012

    Very nice! The kids seem to enjoy watching the "girls" as well! Love the sign as well!

  • Lori J
    Lori J Broken Bow, NE
    on Aug 21, 2012

    You are the neighborhood memory builder. My dear grandparents left their small town and moved to the city, so enthralled were they with being my grandparents. Oh, the joys of being the first grandchild. But I have isolated memories of their house and one very distinct one is that the neighbors had a chicken coop right along the the sidewalk. My grandmother would walk me there, with her 'slop bucket' of peelings and rings and we push them through the fence to the chickens. I was not even three yet this is crystaline in my memory base. ;-)

  • Z
    Z
    on Aug 21, 2012

    I have heard that about eggs Mary (or Jim). I'm sure I've had farm fresh eggs since my Dad's family mostly lived on farms. I loved visiting them and eating those wonderful family meals three times a day. Not that my Mom wasn't an awesome cook or that we didn't sit down together to eat. There was just five of us so it wasn't as big of a deal at sitting down at my Aunt Hazels huge dining table. Lori, what sweet memories.

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