08 May 2012

a small flock

Our flock has gone from a healthy bunch of 33.....to a sad little bunch of 4. Over the last few weeks, we have had an unwanted visitor (ahem....a fox) visiting us everyday  for lunch....yep....around lunchtime....like clockwork....everyday. We've tried our best to keep them safe....but to no avail. So....what are we to do...build a new chicken coop of course.

via here
 I love how the one above is covered in roses...so pretty don't you think?

via here
And of course I'm sure you've all seen Heather Bullard's beautiful coop.

We're going to make the next coop prettier....and more safe for our girls. Not that the girls know they'll have a pretty abode....but when I sit on the porch and watch them forage....I'll have a pretty view.

Now....where should I put "build chicken coop" on our to do list....before kitchen update....or after goat houses.




22 comments:

  1. Always something to do! But, they all sound like fun "to do's"!
    Let's get together next week!

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  2. Poor little things!!~
    Hopefully they will be safe in their new beautiful home! I wish I had room for a chicken coop!! I would love to have chickens running around, my boys would love it!
    Hope you have a lovely night Andrea.
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

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  3. Oh no a fox.I hope you get your coop built soon.I am sure it will look amazing.Can't wait to see what you come up with.
    Anne

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  4. What a shame. I hope the new coop is built soon before you have no chickens left. This coop is just gorgeous with the roses! Best of luck!

    XO,
    Jane

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  5. Andrea!!! Your kitchen is to die for!! What could you possibly do next??? Don't tempt me!! So sorry about your girls. We have four in our flock, too. We had five, but one died last year. We almost lost another to heat stroke, but found her and we were able to save her by bringing her in the house for a few days. I know you will be getting more chicks...takes lots of pics!

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  6. Poor dears. I want chickens some day. I LOVE the coop covered with roses. You should go with that one:)

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  7. Oh no! Poor little guys! ;o(

    So my show is over for this month and I am feeling sane again!! (well, as much as I can that is) Call you tomorrow??

    W.T.

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  8. Les pauvres poulettes ! Le poulailler que vous nous montrez est vraiment une petite merveille... Un maison luxueuse pour ces gentilles galinettes qui demeurera aussi un lieu agréable dans votre environnement.
    Gros bisous à vous et une grand merci pour votre gentil commentaire.

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  9. Oh, those poor little feathered babies!!! My heart just broke when I read this, Andrea. You know me.....it's all about the fur/feather babies. It's the exact same reason why my outside cat is now an indoor cat, and that I gave away my koi in my pond before moving out here. Too many racoons and fox. Have fun building a new home for the girls. I know that they'll appreciate it! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  10. So sorry to hear about your chickies--can't wait to see what coop you come up with! Heather Bullard's coop is my favorite too. Funny thing is, I just posted on my blog today our coop we just finished--it's nice to have it done. Good luck!

    micheleravendesigns.blogspot.com

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  11. That's sad...but I look forward to seeing what you will build. Because I love flowers, I going to say the chicken coop covered in roses is my favorite. Good luck!

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  12. Oh no, those poor little things...poor you too, I don't know if I'd survive that much carnage. On a happier note, I can't wait to see the new chicken coop. I really love that one covered with flowers. How pretty!

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  13. Andrea: What a shame. The girls definitely need a safer home, but a pretty chicken coop will be a thing to see. Can't wait..Happy Wednesday..Judy

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  14. I can't wait to see what you build for those sweetties!!...love from me darling....xxx..

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  15. Poor chickens! I've literally just written a post about whether or not to get chickens at my home in England, and one of my biggest fears is the dreaded fox! I've been gathering a pros and cons list - still not sure which direction to take - I LOVE the idea, but the thought that they'll be somethings daily lunch terrifies me! I look forward to seeing your new beautiful coop though - I've long been a fan of Heather's. Paula x

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  16. i am so sorry. it makes me sad. we just had something break into our coop last night and get all but 3. i could cry.

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  17. Poor Chickens!!!! I'm sure the new coop will be lovely. I feel your pain about the immense to do list, we are in the same boat.

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  18. Oh, Free ranging is so dangerous! I guess a big fenced yard is the way to go. We used to look out the window and see fox, coyote and fishers after the chickens. Even in the barn, the raccoons could find a way in sometimes. No chickens now, only one little dog and a fat cat. We keep them in close, though!
    Good luck with the new coop!
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  19. Andrea,
    Your list sounds a lot like ours! Sorry the fox got your chickens. We don't have chickens for the same reason as the above commenter {not to mention the dreaded ground hog on steroids aka The Jersey Devil} I know your new hen house will not lack on charm.
    Your Friend,
    Deborah
    FairfieldHouseNJ.com

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  20. How sad is this??? I can only imagine how adorable your new coop will be, though, with your incredible style.
    I was heartbroken to hear you'll be closing your ETSY for awhile (one of my absolute favorite shops ever :(
    Of course, I ran over immediately and saw something I just HAD to have! :)
    Hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day, Andrea! xo

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  21. It's a little heartbreaking. We were down to two little best friends for a long time, and then just last night one fell victim to a scavenger. I think we will place our last lonely little hen with someone. So sorry!

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