Our chickens are no longer urban! We moved the four beauties out to be with us on our farm in Yachats. It was quite a process!
This was their coop and run in the backyard of our Portland house when it was newly built. (It’s got a huge jasmine plant overwhelming it now.) I bought the coop, then we built the run behind it.
Cute and functional! We didn’t want to move it because we may come back to Portland someday. Also, there’s a foot and a half of hardware cloth buried in the ground all along the perimeter, so that would be a mess to try to undo.
We have learned a few things since then and realized we wanted to buy a coop this time that we could stand up in from day one. I found a great option from some nice folks on Craigslist. We had to rent a U-haul trailer to get it our to the farm, but it was worth it!
We had a few weeks before the chickens were going to be moved to get it set up. We tried it out in a few places in the garden, but finally settled on a spot where they are shaded by the black walnut tree part of the day in the summer.) We installed it with one and a half feet of hardware cloth underground to help keep them safe from predators at night.
It’s a beautiful spot with a view of the pond and barn! (Which means we can also see them when we are in the barn.)
Last step, was to bring the chickens! They had a long ride, but seemed perfectly settled when we opened the box.
Seems like they love it!
(You can also see the chicken tractor behind the coop. We got that from a friend for putting them out in the field on occasion.)
But mostly I think they love how much protected space there is in our farm garden to free range!