Raising Backyard Chickens and a Coop Makeover

Raising Backyard Chickens and a Coop Makeover

Sarah Rainwater
Feb 2, 2010

The groundhog may have predicted 6 more weeks of winter, but we're dying to shake off the doldrums and start planning our outdoor projects for the spring. After seeing the gorgeous blue tinted eggs from Christine Chitnis' backyard chickens in today's house tour, we're actually considering (maybe) taking a stab at urban farming ourselves.

Christine recently wrote a post on her blog, Lavender and Limes, about her wonderful experience raising the hens which hasn't been without it's ups and downs. After proudly watching her four tiny chicks grow up and start laying eggs, two of them were tragically killed by a wild animal in the night. Happily though, the remaining two have continued to thrive and and provide the couple (and many lucky neighbors) with fresh eggs.

A summer in the rain left her coop — which she assembled from a template — in need of some sprucing up so with "scrap wood, leftover house paint, a crazy cool decal I found at a thrift shop, and an old wooden box" Christine created a happy home for her brood which she hopes to add to once spring arrives.

Visit Lavender and Limes to read all about Christine's experience rearing chickens which includes lots of tips for raising your own and don't forget to check out our tour of her charming urban farmhouse.

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Images: Christine Chitnis and Sarah Rainwater

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