It’s true! My hen house has a twin. An IDENTICAL twin! And that’s not all. My handsome Yankee and I made some new friends to boot! Come on in and meet Donna, Ken and their girls and get a peek their NEW Little Red Hen House.
It’s hard to believe that we’ve been keeping chickens for almost 8 years now. If you’ve been following this blog for a while now, you already know that my handsome Yankee came up with this clever New England Shed style design for our coop and built it out of reclaimed materials. I just love it and our girls do too! It’s been a very cozy and efficient home for three separate flocks of hens so far with more to come in the future. I can’t imagine not having my backyard chickens to keep me company in the garden.
I’ve blogged, face-booked and posted our coop to pinterest numerous times over the years and I’ve received several emails from wanna-be-chicken keepers asking for rough measurements of our coop. That’s how it all started this time around too! Donna reached out to me via email ( by way of a nudge from her sister, Margie ) and shared with me that she had been dreaming of adding chickens to her garden for about 5 years and her hubby, Ken had finally agreed to build her a hen house. After searching the internet high and low she decided on our ” Little Red Hen House ” design. After learning that we only live about a half an hour away from each other we invited Ken and Donna over to get a good gander at our coop to help Ken out in finalizing his building plans.Meeting the two of them face to face was wonderful. They were so down to earth and very excited about their new coop to be. Besides, their little flock of 6 chicks was fast growing out if the box they were in and it was time for Ken to finish the coop.
Donna sent us photos during the ” coop construction” phase with an invite to breakfast and a garden/coop tour when it was finished.
It poured all the way to their house on the day of our visit but as soon as we arrived at their lovely home the rain slowed enough for the coop and garden tour we had been anticipating for weeks.
I just love walking and talking with people in their gardens and listening closely as the stories about every little nook and cranny, plant and pot, pour out of them. I think it’s a privilege any time a gardener invites you into their sanctuary and we were honored to witness what 40 years of garden dreams and sweat equity and a whole lotta love can do for a small patch of earth.
Ken is a master at working with stone and like all great husbands he’s also a master at creating what his wife sees in her head too. Ken built Donna a potting shed that I now covet and lust after. And you will too, once you see inside of it!
Donna stored the lower cupboard in her garage for years until it found the perfect home in her potting shed.
I could get lost for hours putting and potting away in her cozy garden shed, couldn’t you?
My new friend, Donna and I hamming it up for Boz. The new Little Red Hen House is conveniently located near the potting shed for easy access of poultry supplies and so Donna can visit with her girls while outside puttering of course.
Donna and Ken’s ” Little Red Hen House” is the spitin’ image of ours right down to the Barn Red Paint and the Eggs sign up top!
She feeds her girls fresh herbs and she even makes chicken chores cute. Donna takes the guess-work out of where to put the ” cock-a-doodle-do ” with her adorable bucket labeled “chicken poo”.
They have a door on each end of the coop to make cleaning a breeze and a shiny metal roof which gives their coop a fresh farm look.
One of the features Donna loved about our coop was the large window on the front that lets in much needed warmth and sunlight during the winter months when the sun is lower on the horizon with the added advantage of being able to watch the girls inside.
Donna’s girls have a beautiful view of the many specially chosen trees the Glidden’s have added over the years.
Donna has fallen in love with her new chick friends. This Barred Rock is her favorite and loves to cuddle up close to her.
Donna and Ken’s Little Red Hen House looks right at home in their beautiful garden. While it’s tucked away in the rear of the landscape, the warm glow of the barn red paint welcomes you like an old friend. Hmm? I have a feeling the four of us will be ” old friends” one day too. After the tour we went inside for a late brunch and coffee. Time flew as we chatted the rest of the morning and most of the afternoon away in Donna’s warm country dining room. If it hadn’t been for an evening commitment on our part, I think we would have been there through dinner!
Do you know that some people get testy when others want to copy them and rightly so, when copy rights are violated but that was not the case here. This was a situation where a farmgirl needed another farmgirl to help her out! I was flattered and so thrilled for Donna that she was making her dreams of keeping backyard chickens a reality.The fact that we played a part in her inspiration and helped her bring her vision to life made it that much sweeter.
Go say howdy to farmgirl Donna at The Country Nest blog. Tell her I sent ya!
Until our next shoreline visit~ Happy Farmgirlin’ and Happy 4th of July!
Beach Blessings and Much Love,
Deb, The Beach Farmgirl
Love the potting shed, the rock walls, the coop, the girls, the post and the blog. Happy 4th to all. #6244
Glad you enjoyed… thanks so much for reading and your note too. Hope you had a wonderful 4th!
Love the pictures….cute chicken coop….garden is beUtiful too . Im jealous….wanting a chicken. Coop!
Me too, Susan! I am green with potting shed envy!!!
Love the coop, just what I’d have if we could in our area. Love too the potting shed and what a beautiful setting the garden/yard is. Isn’t it fun to be blessed with new friends. God bless.
Yes, new friends are always such a blessing and a wonderful surprise too! xo Deb
Thanks for sharing !! Great pix and great design. Maybe you could draw up your chicken coop plans and have them available to download for a nominal fee ? Sounds like all your experience would be appreciated by newcomers to chicken keeping!
Now that’s an idea we’ve thought of but just haven’t had the time to get r’ done! Great minds, right? Thanks for stopping by today
It’s all so picture perfect! I grew up with chickens and had some 12 years ago but life and moves get in the way. Pray to have a sweet coop again in the near future. Love the yard, garden shed and of the hen house of course!! Lucky all of you! Best wishes for a wonderful year.
Ken and Donna’s patch of paradise is a world of it’s own. They’ve really outdone themselves. We wish you all the best for having chickens again one day! Thanks for reading too!
What a great job they did on the hen house! We get a lot of enquiries on our flower cart and recently I asked my son-in-law (who built it) if it was hard seeing it copied and he said, “No. It is the best compliment that so many people want to copy it.” I really liked that! So, you can consider it a huge compliment that so many folks want to copy your hen house… I sure want to!!! We are actually in the beginning stages of designing ours and I keep having my husband look at yours!
This was a great post and I loved looking at Donna’s blog. Isn’t it a great day when you meet new friends?!
I agree… I think it’s fun when others are inspired enough by ” someone” or ” something” that gets them moving in a creative and positive direction. To me, that’s what makes this amazingly creative world go ’round!
Hey, ever since I saw your flower stand I’ve been on the lookout of my very own rusty red and yellow truck bed…Everything about yours is perfect and in my colors too! Your flower stand is how we met!
It’s always a great day when we meet new friends!
Great post Deb!
I love both your hen house AND your potting shed! Beautiful! What an inspiration.
Nicole (Suburban Farmgirl)
Thanks my dear! The potting shed is Donna’s but hers has inspired me for when I build mine.
Love the hen house…so very cute and the garden is lovely. Thanks for showing us.
Thank you, Rowena!They really do have a beautiful home, garden and coop!
Thank you Deb for sharing you idea, measurements and all the details of your hen house. I loved yours and now mine too. What a wonderful post from you. I enjoyed it so much. I made the strawberry rhubarb jelly and have a jar for you. Thought I would have it when you came by, but time really flew by. I’ll bet you gardens are looking wonderful about now. I was thinking how there was nothing there when we came by and how we looked at your seeds. Why does summer go so quickly?
Thank you again for your kindness and down home farm girl friendship!
I think my RRRRRRRR is broke too many yous instead of your!