When you raise chickens in a small urban back yard, you need to keep your coop on the small side. Our city allows for three hens per yard so a tiny chicken coop was all we needed. Here is a tour of our chicken coop and run.
Our first frugal homemade coop is still here and is behind the garage and we use it as a grow out coop. The new garden coop was ordered from Amazon. My husband said he didn't care if we got a new coop but he did not want to build this one. For our small yard this small chicken coop is perfect. We have had it for three years now and it is perfect for us.
It really is possible to keep chickens in a small garden. The key is not having too many and to keep it clean and attractive. A back planter was the perfect spot to place the new coop and we surrounded the perimeter with stepping stones for security.
During the day the girls are let out into the large fenced run but at night they are enclosed in the little coop which gives them a little scratching space and contains the chicken waterer and feeder. The chickens get plenty of sun in the morning and then lots of afternoon shade which is important here in southern California.
You can see a small patio umbrella over the coop. I need a new one but we have had this one here for years now and it provides more shade in the summer and also keeps the main part of the coop dry when it rains and leaves a dry sandy spot below for chicken baths.
The actual hen house in the coop contains two roosting bars. One that came with it and an extra one I bought. The girls have plenty of room at night and fit fine. I keep straw up here and you can see the nesting boxes tucked in at the back. Of course like most chickens, they always use the same nest box for laying eggs.
I hope you enjoyed our little tour of our tiny backyard chicken coop. Visit again soon.
You can find the coop we ordered here: