Coolest Coops 2018 — The Breakfast Club Chicken Coop

Coolest Coops 2018 — The Breakfast Club Chicken Coop

By Danielle Raad, Fanciful Farming, Michigan

“Artfully eclectic” is the perfect way to describe our chicken coop. Not only is our coop decor diverse, so is our flock! We began by anticipating only a small flock of ten hens but that number quickly grew to 25 chickens! Twenty of the 25 being different breeds.

With an array of breeds ranging from sleek Svart Honas, feather-footed Cochins, ornamental silkies, and everything in between we are really able to distinguish the different characteristics and personalities of each member of “The Breakfast Club” (which is what we playfully call our coop).

Some of our flock includes Woody, the bantam Calico Cochin with his comical antics and love of being carried around or Petina the Blue Isbar for her cunning foraging skills, eating all the pests out of the lavender garden and Kitty the Silkie for her incredibly sweet personality. Our boutique farm is run by three generations, we raise miniature horses, goats, rabbits, honey bees, monarch butterflies, and chickens. We sell fresh eggs locally and hope to eventually hold small classes on the farm.

Some of our animals, including the chickens, are used for therapy purposes where they visit schools and senior centers. We feel that chickens have more to offer people than just food. They can bring joy, love, empathy, and comical entertainment. Our coop is a large Amish-made shed that we converted to a chicken coop and added on an addition. To decorate the coop, we used an abundance of vintage and some modern items to complete the look.

We utilized old shutters for both the chicken door ramp and an awning to keep the rain off the free-choice station where we offer oyster shell, sea kelp, and dried herbs. The coop paintings were painted by us along with the stenciled wall. Most of the other decorations were found treasure hunting at local flea markets. The large nest box unit is made from salvaged barn wood and the vertical nest boxes are hung from an attached vintage barn ladder. We painted and découpaged pink roses to add a bit of whimsy onto the nest boxes. We found that our heavy breed hens enjoy the large skeleton key antique drawer nest box located under the ladder. The roosts are cut and sealed birch tree branches. We even added some small wall hangings from The Breakfast Club movie.

The outside of our coop is more traditional with the barn red siding, white picket fencing, flower boxes, and a scarecrow. Each member of “The Breakfast Club” is honored with a name plaque that hangs next to the coop. We have not officially named our petite farm but we do refer to it as fanciful farming because farms don’t have to be all business all the time….. they can be bright, beautiful, and enchanting too.

Breakfast Club Chicken Coop

Breakfast Club Chicken Coop
One of Giselle’s jobs is collecting eggs from the nest boxes daily.
Breakfast Club Chicken Coop
One Of the things we look forward to everyday is finding all the uniquely colored and speckled eggs.
Breakfast Club Chicken Coop
When excavating the land to build the barn and chicken coop we found several antique artifacts left behind from the previous farm like this old rusted horseshoe.

Breakfast Club Chicken Coop

Breakfast Club Chicken Coop

Breakfast Club Chicken Coop
Coraline the Svart Honda sunning on her perch.
Breakfast Club Chicken Coop
Muppet the Silkie Showgirl doing her best vogue pose.
Breakfast Club Chicken Coop
A tribute to the movie that inspired our chicken coop’s name.

Breakfast Club Chicken Coop

Breakfast Club Chicken Coop

Breakfast Club Chicken Coop

Breakfast Club Chicken Coop
Woody always being his clownish self no matter what he’s doing he always makes us laugh.
Breakfast Club CHicken Coop
A handmade farm painting that Woody inspired.
Breakfast Club Chicken Coop
Kitty was a first-time mother this year and earned herself a gold medal for being excellent and raising healthy, happy chicks.
Breakfast Club Chicken Coop
Flora is our gorgeous frizzle Cochin. She always attracts a lot of attention and questions when we are doing therapy visits.
Breakfast Club Chicken Coop
This stenciled wall took about four hours and was painted in nearly 90-degree heat.
Breakfast Club CHicken Coop
View of part of the addition to the coop that also leads into the horse and goat barn.
Breakfast Club Chicken Coop
Pearl, the Delaware, loves to hitch a ride whenever she can on some of the bigger animals. Hart, the extremely pregnant Nubian goat, is not very happy about it today.
Breakfast Club Chicken Coop
“Artfully Eclectic”
Breakfast Club Chicken Coop
Ophelia the lavender Orpington taking a moment for what we assume is to admire her colorful coop!
Breakfast Club Chicken Coop
When people come to visit, we get the most compliments on our nifty barn ladder nest boxes. People really like them.
Breakfast Club Chicken Coop
View of the coop from the horse and goat barn.
Breakfast Club Chicken Coop
This is Gertrude, the newest addition to “The Breakfast Club” being raised by Clementine a broody momma.
Breakfast Club Chicken Coop
Fairah is taking a break from her chores to play peek-a-boo with Ophelia our lavender Orpington.
Breakfast Club Chicken Coop
Chickpea is our “gentle giant” Cochin rooster.
Breakfast Club Chicken Coop
Evening turn in time.
Breakfast Club Chicken Coop
You said it Pearl!

Breakfast Club Chicken Coop

Breakfast Club Chicken Coop
Our robin’s egg blue eggs are some of our most requested eggs from our sellers and Cornelia is one of the girls responsible for them.
Breakfast Club Chicken Coop
Our beautiful eggs.
Breakfast Club Chicken Coop
Our chick whisperer.
Breakfast Club Chicken Coop
Coop view from the run.
Breakfast Club Chicken Coop
Free-choice station.

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