Our Version of “Keeping Up With the Joneses”

Yesterday, we woke to the dulcet tones of saws and hammers emanating from the neighbor’s backyard. It turns out they are rebuilding their chicken coop.

Chris’ response? “If their new coop is cooler than ours, I’m going to need to rebuild ours.” He’s only partly joking; he’s been dreaming of building something along these lines since more or less the day after we got our coop.

I love that our version of “keeping up with the Joneses” has nothing to do with having an in-ground pool or super lush green grass or a new SUV. I also love that our next door neighbors have chickens, too. Sometimes I swear our groups of chickens are talking to each other through the fence.

Here’s our coop:
20121221. I have a remarkably steady hand. The chickens' first snow.

20120413. Giant Beaker.

5 thoughts on “Our Version of “Keeping Up With the Joneses”

    • Yeah, I don’t know if he would use the same roofing – it’s more the overall shape of the coop and attached run that he likes, I think. We actually have clear roofing over part of our run, and it works pretty nicely (although since it’s much lower, you wouldn’t really be bothered by dirtiness).

      The total run is about 12 feet long by 4 feet wide. We added on an extra 4’x8′ section – the original complete footprint of the coop was about 4’x8′, with the attached run being only about 4’x4′. Definitely too small for five chickens!

      • I’m pretty sure it’s more like 15 feet long, so now I’m going to have to get out there with a tape measure 🙂

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