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Chickens are awesome. Having them is like owning your own flock of dinosaurs. I mean, seriously, if they were six feet tall we would all be shit out of luck. Luckily for us though by some strange twist of fate the once malevolent velociraptor was whittled down to a more manageable size and inherited a more docile disposition. And they lay eggs for us! Are we lucky or what?
Chickens may seem pretty blasé about their coop but they do care. About how it looks I mean. They do. So a little bling on the door stokes them out for sure.
No need to buy a latch. Just make one. They are super simple and add serious cred to your urban farming digs. Besides the ladies that live there would rather you spend your money on more feed.
As a recent visitor noticed, the screen hanging on the coop is there just for aesthetics. Don’t be afraid to get all avant-garde and shit. Chicken go all ape shit with love for you when they see that you took the time to break up the monotony of the lines by adding a pleasing visual element.
See! Look how happy these ladies are. All chilling and stuff. The bucket will get replaced, though, says my friend Jessica who I built the coop for. The ladies will tolerate it for a while but who wants to eat out of something you might be able to poop in.
So this is top notch. The wire is buried in the ground to not let those asshole raccoons in. And then as a deterrent to any other mayhem causing visitors I used the extra tin roofing on the fence line so the birds don’t have to see potential cackle inducing four legged critters. As well the entire enclosure is covered with bird netting because you sure as hell don’t want to work your ass off doing all this just to have some hungry hawk feast on your fine feathered lady friends.
Here is another view of the coop looking a bit upwards if you were curious what the roof area looked like from underneath. Only a nerd like me would take the time to give you this angle so please take your time and ogle. Anyhoo if you live in the central coast region of California, like I do, then there is no reason you can’t have a simple little eye pleaser like this in your back yard. Especially if you have a pile of wood sitting around begging to be used in a dignified manner such as this.
Holler at me and I will consult with you and or come build one for you. And I have personally owned close to a hundred birds so I am a bit of a chicken whisperer if you have any concerns regarding your flock.