May 25, 2013

DIY Chicken Coop Flower Box

After having recently remodeled the front of our chicken run, I felt we needed to add some interest to it and, on a whim, put my husband to work making a flower box. The beauty of this micro flower garden is that the chickens can neither eat them nor trample it!
After having recently remodeled the front of our chicken run, I felt we needed to add some interest to it and, on a whim, put my husband to work making a flower box. The beauty of this micro flower garden is that the chickens can neither eat them nor trample it! Using spare wood from a previous project, he whipped up this flower box in less than a half an hour (paint drying time not included).
The front of my run, before flower box installation.
The front of my run, before flower box installation.
The top piece of the run measures 90 inches, so two pieces of wood were cut to 90 inches. The 2 ends and middle support were cut to 3 inches each. The wood was painted with paint we had on-hand and the five pieces were then screwed together.
Inspector #7 (a Buff Orpington) and Lucy (an Easter Egger).
 After assembling the box, 1/4 inch hardware cloth was nailed to the bottom. I thought this would make the flower box lighter and allow for excellent drainage
 The bottom of the flower box was lined with burlap to keep the soil from washing through the hardware cloth when watered.
Once lined with burlap, the box was screwed to the front of the run
 I added some potting soil and compost, courtesy of my feathered pets, and then planted vinca vines and some petunias.

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32 comments :

  1. Barbara Thorbjornsson5/25/13, 2:10 PM

    you are rather amazing. You cook, sew, raise chickens, landscape, doctor chickens, find natural solutions to things, write your blog, have contests and drawings, raise children and your husband (do not tell him I said that) AND if I read right, you are also a lawyer. Anything you do not do?

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  2. Donna McGlasson5/25/13, 2:55 PM

    Very lovely!

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  3. Great idea Kathy, it looks brilliant!
    And it's out of the range of hungry beaks! ;)

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  4. S Summersell5/25/13, 4:15 PM

    If you get a gully washer, you may not have any soil left in your box.

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  5. TheChickenChick5/25/13, 8:54 PM

    LOL, Barbara. I really don't sew. ;)
    Thank you. ♥

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  6. TheChickenChick5/25/13, 8:55 PM

    Thanks Rachel! :)

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  7. nature gurl5/26/13, 6:53 AM

    Love how cozy it makes the coop look!

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  8. That's so cool!!!

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  9. Backyard Chicken Lady5/26/13, 11:53 AM

    What a cool idea! I have got to make some of these.

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  10. Erin Nicole Nelson5/26/13, 1:26 PM

    very cute! I am interested in what post you may have and research you may have done regarding soy free and corn free chicken feed. Can you direct me to any posts or places to find good, reputable information? THanks!

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  11. I have some chickens that fly as high as your flower box. I used to clip one wing and I may need to do that again. LOL

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  12. What a sweet idea, Kathy! Love it!!!! :)

    xoxo laurie @ heavens-walk

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  13. Tammy Townsend5/27/13, 7:27 AM

    This is a great idea. We have finished our coop and were looking at ideas for final touches!

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  14. Just finishing our coop and had my husband add a planter box under the window!

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  15. TheChickenChick5/30/13, 1:06 AM

    Cool! Do share a photo with me on Facebook, I'd love to see it, Susan!

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  16. I def will once it's painted!

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  17. I love this!!!! So creative with a totally charming outcome. I'm going to look into getting a flower box or two on our coop. It really needs something like this.

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  18. LaDonna Martin6/2/13, 10:12 PM

    I recently had raccoons show up eating my cat food. I have yet to put my chicks in their coop and I worry about them. I would love to win the predator pee for my chicks safety. Thanks for the chance.

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  19. I'm just finishing off my coop too and have been looking for ways to add those little touches to make it special. Thanks for the good ideas!

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  20. ringnsing46/3/13, 3:18 PM

    Thanks for this informative and colorful photo blog! My husband and I are raising chickens (for eggs) for the very first time, and we find your advice invaluable! Thanks for helping these newbies!

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  21. I follow you via email and Facebook!

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  22. TheChickenChick6/3/13, 10:10 PM

    Thanks, that's really nice to know. :) Welcome to chicken-keeping!

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  23. LOVE IT!!!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality last week! Can't wait to see what you share tomorrow evening!

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  24. Love it! Ah, to live in the country! Thanks for linking up & sharing @ DearCreatives.com hope to see you again soon! Theresa

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  25. Pretty cool! I hope to one day have a yard just as gorgeous such as yourself's. I will put this DIY up to good use and make a flowerbed over the coop I am planning on building for the upcoming showgirls! Ugh, already find myself spoiling these new-found feathered children!


    And who knows, in doing so, maybe I can use some of that Spruce the Coop's Herbal Infusion. :D I love how bright and pleasing to the eyes it is! Sure the smell is just as flamboyant. c:

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  26. Diana Raidy5/10/14, 5:10 PM

    Very nice. It appeared that Mr. Chicken Chick had a lot of help with thus project! Your burlap liner idea is great! Thanks for sharing!

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  27. Linda Donner Eisenhauer5/10/14, 5:36 PM

    Really neat idea, I'm building a new run and I'll incorporate this into it., thanks!

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  28. Tracy Harden5/10/14, 6:00 PM

    Cute! Unfortunately for me, unless we rebuild the run we can't do this. We used 2"X3" boards as because this a backyard coop in a well-fenced city yard, we use 1" poultry wire for the sides and plastic bird netting on top. An A-frame on one side provides a covered place to be out of the weather and shade cloth on another section provides shade. Our run is 10'X24', so quite large for our 6 gals. We do have to modify our coop to add a bit more space, currently it is 3'X4' plus attached nest boxes, as it was designed for 4 hens. But you know how chicken math works!

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  29. Kataryna Barringer5/10/14, 8:14 PM

    That looks do pretty. Great job!!!!

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  30. Do you have any ideas how to keep the chickens out of flower beds? I love letting my chickens free range but they tear up my beds. Any ideas?

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  31. Only fencing is going to prevent that.

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  32. Thank you for the tips... I never thought of burlap!! Brilliant!

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