So, I’ve heard about planting for your chickens and decided to give it a try – as it is really past time to start my herbs and veggies.

We have three raised beds, two of which I have sectioned off in the girls part of the yard.  They love to use them for their dust bathing.  They have plenty of room for group bathing sessions.

Today on the Funny Farm - Gardening and a New Coop
This is a pic of them dust bathing before I pulled out the corn. I think that I’m going to plant some again, as it offers shade when they decide to nap after bathing.

On their side, I planted lavender, mint, lemon grass, rosemary, basil and marigolds. On our side of the yard, I planted several types of mint, green bell peppers, jalapeno  peppers, cherry tomatoes, marigolds, catnip, lavender, oregano, basil and lemon grass.

D*%# those stinkers!  Of course they all decided that our side was better than theirs.

Today on the Funny Farm - Gardening and a New Coop

 

I saved the “markers” that came with each, so I could easily tell the difference between the different types of mint. I actually used all the markers, so I can keep track of what is growing at what rate, but they pulled them out!

Today on the Funny Farm - Gardening and a New Coop

Today on the Funny Farm - Gardening and a New Coop

That wasn’t enough…they ate all the leaves off of the basil,  peppers, and catnip AND removed every single marigold flower.

Today on the Funny Farm - Gardening and a New Coop

We keep clipping wings and tightening the fencing, but no matter what we do, they find their way onto our side and nibble away.  When they finish for the morning, they come to the door to ask for more.

Today on the Funny Farm - Gardening and a New Coop

Rosie – front and center – is the main door pecker, but Foggy and Thelma will usually get into the act.

Today on the Funny Farm - Gardening and a New Coop

Oh, we got a new coop a few weeks ago.  It wasn’t my first choice, but it turned out really well. I got a great deal on it from Tractor Supply.  (By-the-way, I love Tractor Supply.  It’s kind of like a farm girls Walmart.  They have a little of this and a little of that and you always leave with way more than you went in for. I go for chicken feed and come home with feed, a new book, a planter or two, a few plants, a couple of bags of mulch etc. ) Took a bit of encouragement to convince the majority to move in), but now them are quite happy with the arrangement and it has more than enough room for the new pullets that we will go get later this week.

Today on the Funny Farm - Gardening and a New Coop

Today on the Funny Farm - Gardening and a New Coop
I don’t even bother pulling out the dropping tray. I just move the roosts, lean in and scoop all the droppings towards the front. place them in a sifter. Shake out the excess zeolite and I’m done. Takes me 5 – 10 minutes each day, to do my chicken chores  – feeding, cleaning and refilling waterers and cleaning out three coops. Thank You Thank You Thank You to The Chicken Chick for this awesome tip. Zeolite is the BEST!

 

Today on the Funny Farm - Gardening and a New Coop
Since they kept getting into this pot, for private dirt bathing, I moved it off the porch and into the walk-in run. So now, the little darlings, are digging in the other pot on the porch – I can’t win 🙁 I eventually will cover the entire area of grass, with Zeolite so that it can be scooped like the dropping tray inside the coop. I’m just trying to find a local supplier that can deliver a partial truck load.

There are several coops that make me swoon.  If you’re interested here is a list of coops that makes my heart go Pitter Patter!

Well, maybe not Pitter Patter, but the new Eglu Cube Chicken Coop from Omlet, is really cool and functional.  I’d love 3 of them.  My Eglu Go UP is so easy to keep clean and my Polish Lace Hens will not sleep anywhere else. Just like the Go UP, the Cube is easy to clean, has great ventilation, and when attached to a Walk-In Chicken Run with multiple extensions, it would make for a totally protected “free range” scenario!!!

Carolina Coop from Carolina Coops ( WOW – I go all TINGLY just looking at this one!)

Round-Top Walk-In™ Chicken Coop from Urban Coop Company (So Awesome!)

Southern Charm Cottage and Metal Pen from Summerhawk Ranch (Adorable)

Tilly’s Nest Coop from Horizon Structures (Looks Well Made)

Big and Portable Chicken Coop  from Ranch-Coop (Really Practical!)

Homestead from Somerzby (Good Size)

Williams and Sonoma – yep they have a sweet coop on their site! Cedar Chicken Coop and Run with Planter

AND OH MY GOSH – If I had and extra $22k in my bank account, one of the coops from Texas Chicken Coops would be in my backyard tomorrow!

 

Today on the Funny Farm – Gardening and a New Coop

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