By Allison Altsisi
The Chicken Coop group met with a contracting wiz, Fritz, who generously allowed our group to visit her home to show us her chicken coop. She clued us in on how to take care of chickens and how to get the most out of them.
Her coop was built from an existing playground that was built for her daughter. The base of the front of the coop was the sandbox, but now it is used to keep predators from digging up into the coop. The back part of the coop is raised off the ground because the bottom can be pulled down to easily collect the chicken poop, which can be used as fertilizer.
Next to the coop is this innovative feeding garden bed that Fritz invented for the chickens.
Fritz accented the coop herself.
Inside, on the right (above) is a designated spot for the chickens to lay their eggs, because it is a drawer that slides out (below) so the eggs can be accessed more easily. On the left side (above) is the roosting bar which is where the chickens spend most of their time.
We later met up with Fritz to discuss our plans for the chicken coop. She calculated the cost of the supplies that would be needed for our coop (see earlier blog, “Chicken Coop How-To”)