Chicken Coop Update

My little chicken coop has undergone some change since last year.

chicken coop july '13

last summer

The living roof is filling in nicely

chicken ccop

with a variety of sedums

chicken coop

On the front and side of the coop I planted amsonia hubrechtii (Arkansas blue star), ornamental millet, old-fashioned petunias, celosia, wild bergamot (bee balm)  and sunflowers.

chicken coop

I found an old enamel table top at a flea market and had a very talented artist paint on it.

sunflower painting chicken coop

I love sunflowers and so do bees and they are still busy gathering nectar and pollen for their winter supply.  Sunflowers are a great late summer flower for them.

sunflower chicken coop

The red door is also undergoing a change.  Beth has sketched a sunflower on the door for me to paint so I decided to paint the door a light blue to match the sunflower painting.  I have the outline done but knowing me it might be a month or two (or ten) before I finish.

chicken coop

On the chicken end, the brown speckled Sussex chicks I bought in April are almost as big as the older girls.

chicken, brown speckled sussex 4 wks. old

baby speckled Sussex

As they age, their speckles are becoming more prominent.


speckled Sussex almost 5 mo. old.


I named them Lady Mary, Edith, and Rose and they are almost to the age where they will start laying eggs.

Except this one


Lady Mary is Mr. Lady Mary.  He’s just beginning to crow and becoming protective of his girls so we’ll see how this goes.  He likes to peck at my polka dot boots but I like to think he’s doing this because they are bright and not because he sees me as a threat.


I’m thinking about renaming him Carson.

Any thoughts or new names?






About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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23 Responses to Chicken Coop Update

  1. Buffy says:

    Your coop is looking good! Lady Mary? Maybe Robin Hood! I sure wish chicks were easier to identify their sex.


  2. Your coop looks awesome!! I really, really love the roof, and the sunflower painting, and the flowers/plants, and the sunflower! I think Carson is a good name for speckled sussex roo. I’m trying to think of something that starts with “m”…. maybe Marvin?


  3. I love the Downton Abbey theme! Yes, Carson would be great.
    Beautiful coop!


  4. Your coop is adorable! I love the way it’s decorated. I just lost two of my three Speckled Sussex to a marauding raccoon, which made me rather sad. They are a fun breed.


  5. So the rooster is going from the ruling class to the basement? No! He should be Lord Martin or Marshall or something. I love the painting on the chicken coop and your plans for the door.


  6. bittster says:

    hah hah, nice comments!
    That’s one of the nicest coops I’ve seen, love the color and construction! The roof is an amazing finishing touch. Jeesh I can’t even get the grass cut!


  7. Cute coop. I love red doors and cannot see why yours cannot remain red, with a sunflower! 😉
    Lord Marlowe.
    And we’ve had some doozy roosters!!!!! Some downright dangerous. My husband got his bluff in on one that was trying to blind him. His intent was to kill it and his weapon was a steel-toe boot, but the thing was too tough and only learned to stop attacking my husband. No one else could gather eggs!
    Oh, BUT– it never did a thing when the coons came. Just hid. Sighs.


    • I was going to keep it red, but decided at the last minute to change it. I still have the red paint and I’m not afraid to change it if I don’t like the blue! I’ve never had roosters so I’m hoping to get my bluff in on him. But if he EVER acts like he might hurt my grandkids he’s out of here.


  8. love2laugh25 says:

    I love it! And Beth’s sunflowers are perfect – I will have to get her to do something like that for me when I am able to have a coop again. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Those are some very lucky chickens! I hope they appreciate the beauty of your surroundings.

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  10. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Your coop is looking great and Carson is a perfect name!


  11. Came to you from Kathy the Chicken Chick! Your coop is just outstanding. It’s nicer than some of the apartment I have lived in! LOL. Love the sunflower theme too. We are in the process of building a new coop too, just a small one, 48″ 48″-using mostly repurposed lumber. Will be posting when it is completed! Donna at The Small House


    • Thanks for stopping by! I’m waiting until I gets cooler to complete the sunflower door. I’m sure my grandmother is laughing in heaven at how much decorating I’ve done to a chicken coop! Good luck with your project.


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