Charming Coop decorated for the holidays. The owner's spouse said it changes with each holiday. Notice the little iron chairs in the lower right. For when the ladies are having tea?
When they aren't busy redecorating the Charming Coop there is a favorite place to sit and enjoy watching the hens play
Watching the poms grow and the paint dry. Life is good when you can unwind as this family does.
And now welcome to a Village Coop.
These hens have a perch (on the right) in addition to the floor and the nests when they are in the coop. See how the food and water are hung for the ceiling to keep the containers clean and therefore reduced the chances of diseases. The silver dome toward the front is the heat lamp; especially nice in the winter and for younger hens. Those these girls are healthy, heat is often the Rx for sick fish and birds.
This coop appeared to be the safest I'd seen to keep. A veritable Fort Knox for the hens. Neither rain nor sun, nor coyote, raccoon, bobcat nor dog shall keeps these hens from delivering their eggs. Can't wait to go again next year and see many more coops.
Every time I hear the lovely low clucking of hens I find it almost irresistible not to try again. Is their soothing purring enough to get me over the fear of loosing them to coyotes? Stay tuned. Who knows. Marans with their chocolate brown eggs seem to be calling my name.