Tuesday, April 20, 2021

A Tale of Two Coops


We've had our chooks since last summer,
when a dear friend had to relocate out of state
and needed to find a home for her flock.
It's been one of the best things to happen to us,
as we enjoy caring for them
and the bounty that they bring in the form of eggs and compost.
Even our son, C, who rarely ventures outside,
has become fascinated by them and is in charge
of putting them to bed and collecting eggs.

We started out with a traditional wooden coop,
but soon found that it was not working out.
After some research, we landed on the Eglu coop from Omlet,
and it has turned out to be the perfect fit.
It is so easy to clean,
which at this stage of my life is paramount,
and the flock seems to be quite content.

We started out with the largest coop,
with room for up to 10 chickens
(they haven't seen our rooster Gandalf),
and three, count 'em, three nesting boxes (shown on the left side)
for cozy laying for the hens.

Even through the snow and frigid temperatures,
the chooks have been comfortable.
The insulated walls have done a remarkable job
of keeping the temperatures pleasant inside.

The Omlet Go
At some point a few months ago,
our sweet Queenie began to sit on eggs.
Unfortunately, her timing was off,
as we had no way of allowing her to continue
and keep the eggs safe from the other chooks.
You see, although there are three nesting boxes,
as is often the case, they all use the same one.
I ended up taking the eggs until we could accommodate her maternal urges.

The smaller Omlet Go was purchased a few weeks ago
in hopes that she would remain broody.
In this way, she could have the coop to herself
and the other chooks would be separated from the would-be momma.
The Go has only one nesting box,
but still room for up to 6 chooks.

The smaller coop was added to the yard
just to get them used to it.
There was no shortage of curiosity seekers.
This coop will double as a hospital, should it be needed.

Now that we're prepared for chicks,
Ms. Queenie is not showing signs of broodiness.
Ah well, at least we are ready in the event
that someone decides they want to be a momma.

New chicks on the homestead would be a thrill
and an especially valuable experience for C, 
who has really taken a shine to his charges.


  1. I've never seen the Omlet Go, interesting! Looks like it would be pretty easy to give it a thorough cleaning, compared to wood.

    We're hoping for chicks this year too. They are such a treat, and it's so much easier to let a mama hen raise them.

    1. It is so easy to clean. The roosting platform slides out and can be hosed down in no time. It's really the only thing that gets dirty, unless it's muddy outside.

      Hope you get your chicks!

  2. You're lucky you can have a rooster. I'd love to get chickens again but I'm now worried they'd eat too many of my plants.

    1. You could either fence off the chooks, or fence off the garden! I've seen folks use welded wire around their plants to keep the chooks at bay. ;0D

  3. How wonderful your son is interested in caring for the chickens. I can see how the Omlet Go might be helpful for us, as a hospital, and will check it out. I hope you get some chicks hatched this year.

    1. Yes, it's been a wonderful surprise, as he has not taken an interest in having pets due to his allergies.
      Thanks for stopping by!


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