Frugal Challenge - Free Hen House and Chick Update

Monday, April 16, 2012

The chicks are now five weeks old. Getting bigger and harder to catch. They spend the day out here in their coop but go into the garage at night.

They are having their most favorite snack ever. They go crazy when I put it down. It is Kefir which is full of good things for them and is full of probiotics. It is of course good for humans too. I put it in the girls smoothies.

Okay, there is the little house. It is an old cupboard turned on its side. The laying boxes will be in the top section and hubby will put the ramp on when they are ready to start going up there, but for now it is closed off to them. The bottom has a roosting pole for them to sleep on. The door can close but we have it propped open for now. I will move the bundle of shavings behind the lil house when the ramp goes on. We spent $0 on the house portion. It is all scrap from the coop and from our garage. Not attractive but free.

I have been playing with chickens indoors as well. I think in honor of my new girls I will have chicken centerpiece on the dining table. Just brought together things I had around the house.

Those are the only eggs I have for right now.

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Debby said...

Our egg lady would get the scrapd from the school where she worked (also where I was working)......lettuce....veggies etc. She would freeze them in little cups and give to her chickens in the summer. I thought that was such a good idea. She kept her own container at the school and the cooks were so glad to do her the favor.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I think you have done an amazing and thrifty job of the coop. The girls will love it I've it I'm sure! The centerpiece is cute! Hugs, Linda

Kris said...

That turned out perfect for your girls! They f
Grow so fast! Bout four more months to eggs!!

Diana said...

Your girls have grown so much! They are coming into their full chicken-selves. Around here, assuming the nights aren't freezing, we put them out full time once they are feathered -- maybe with a little heat lamp rigged up in the house part if the nights are still cool.

Lois' Laughlines said...

Oh my have they've grown.
So cute.

Terri said...

The chicks are so cute! A freebie publication here had an article on a spectacular chicken coop. ( Cute as it is, it reminded me of one of my father's favorite sayings, "More money than brains."

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I love your frugal coop! The chicks are growing for sure. They are about the same size as ours!
I love the repurposed materials for the coop.

thanks for showing it. I also like the chickens indoors!

take care, Pat

laurie said...

excellent!!! Thats a great idea , your girls are so pretty, chickens are pretty aren't they, love your decorating, you always seem to be having so much fun with your decorating,

NanaDiana said...

What a good idea. Those babies are getting big...and are SOOO cute. I love your inside chicks, too! xo Diana

Ms. Redo said...

Your chicks are growing fast - they are beautiful ladies! I love the price for your hen house, that's my kind of cost!!! Love your indoor chicken, too!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Thanks for the chick update. They have really grown! Your centerpiece is too cute in honor of your chicks. I saw a red fox in our backyard this morning....It's a good thing you don't have predators like *that*!!! He was pretty, though.


Kelly said...

So cute! We raised chickens when I was growing up. What a great experience.


Monica said...

Your coop is looking great and I LOVE that it was free! (and that it's red!) Love your centerpiece - I have that same red lamp.

I can't wait to someday have chickens!

Claudia said...

They are so sweet! I'm so glad you're enjoying them. Love their little house.


Olive Cooper said...

They are darling. You will lots of eggs soon enough. I read in a garden design book that Williams Sonoma has a chicken coop for $800.00. My goodness I thought that is more than I would pay for just about anything including a dryer which I do not have.

Shug said...

I know you are having a blast with the will soon be having eggs and what a great feeling that will be...
your indoor chicken is simple adorable..

andrea@townandprairie said...

Aren't they a blast?! We've had ours for several years now and our children LOVE THEM! Ours are so docile, they even like to be carried.

Katherine said...

The chicks are looking so cute (the inside one, too). I'm envious, but someday I'll have some chickens... and a goat, too!

Georgia said...

so nice! I was able to build my backyard chicken coop very very cheaply too! not super attractive like you said, but hey it was almost free! you will keep finding stuff while "alley shopping" i.e. trash picking lol and improve your coop as you go!

Diane Writes said...

Is that a table centerpiece? I love it Elaine. How cute and unique! What a great idea!

cathy@home said...

Lovely looking coop and fresh eggs.

Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes said...

Sounds like you're having a great time with your chicks! How fun to see how they are growing. I really like your centerpiece too. Thanks for sharing your post at Your Cozy Home Party!

Sam I Am...... said...

Wow! Those little chicakdees are getting big! It won't be long fact how long before they start laying? You're coop is cute and what a great idea! I have a spare cupboard in my garage but of course I can't have chickens here but I think I'll take it with me when I move so I have it! Too many "old fogies" from the North (I'm from the North too by the way...the natives here know how to live off the land) running City Hall here. I've pleaded my case but they are all retired and living in the dark ages I guess. I'm old too but not to old to keep an open mind and keep learning.
I love your centerpiece too!

Cindy said...

Your free chicken coop looks wonderful, whatever works, eh?
I love your little center piece, I have been looking for a wooden box to put on my table, I love the rooster!
Hugs, Cindy7

Beth in NC said...

Oh how ADORABLE! I have chicks that are 6 weeks old! Yes, a little harder to catch, but we are keeping our hands on them each day.

I like your coop idea too!

Please come over and check out my coops and chickens.

Have a great night!

Gina said...

Your ladies and gentleman have grown up so nicely! They are gorgeous!

Jann Olson said...

Plump little chick-a-dees for sure! Soon you will have a basket full of eggs. A friend of my hubby's just gave us a dozen from his girls. Isn't it great to have friends? Your table vignette is sweet. I use to have all chickens and roosters on the top of my cupboards. I have swapped them for birds, but I still hung on to my chicks. I pull them out now and then.

Thrifty Frog said...

I see more and more on chickens within city limits. I think it is great! You sure did well at recycling for the coop! Have fun!
Huge green hugs,
Pat @ Thrifty Frog Blog
(new follower, sorta...I also blog as GraceinAZ & follow.)

Eclectically Vintage said...

What a fun little house for your girls! They are drinking their smoothies in style!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

So cute! I wish I could have chickens, did you see Backwood's cottage post entry #38 - she showed how an armoire could be used as a chicken coop! Too cool!
Thank you for sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

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