My husband and I bought our homestead more than 4 years ago and named it â€śThe Outskirts of Heaven.â€ť We truly felt blessed to have a little piece of country land to start our homestead life. We initially dreamed of building our chickens a larger coop, so we purchased a basic farm-supply version.
It didnâ€™t hold up for too long, but it did the job initially on a budget.
My husband looked at several henhouse designs that others had built and came up with plans of his own.
This coop has a wonderful feature, which is an area underneath to integrate new hens with existing, as they always need a few days to get acquainted with one another. We use a deep-litter system to keep our hens healthy and pine pellets to keep the floor nice, clean and free from mud when it rains.
It truly is a sanctuary for us to enjoy our flock.
Together, we made our dream a reality for our small flock. Weâ€™re truly excited for them, and theyâ€™re so much happier. We have since expanded our flock and plan to sell eggs at our local farmers market next year.
Our Dorking rooster, â€śHandsome Boy,â€ť simply loves all our new girls, and we love sitting with them and giving them treats. â€” Ken & Penny Varble, Frankfort, Kentucky
This article originally appeared in the May/June 2022 issue ofÂ ChickensÂ magazine.