Wednesday, April 16, 2008

This Busy Bee and a Giveaway

Wow! You have come up with some amazing names for the chicken coop! I will be glad to name it any one of them. Thank you so much for your input. I cannot wait 'til Friday. :)
Do you remember the little sketch of my chicken house? You can see it here.
This week has been filled with flying sawdust, the hammering of nails and the buzzing of the circular saw. While I have had help in the guise of The Farmer's Husband and No. 1 son, for the most part, it has been me and my little hands that have been busily building Casa del Pollo, La Maison de Poulet, The Chicken House.
Last Friday we started with a simple platform and elephant feet for the base. By the end of the day, we had.....
Which looks suspiciously like the Phantom Tollbooth.

While it may not look like much progress, we also picked up and shoveled out two truckloads of dirt into the raised beds out front. Phew! My goodness, were we tired at the end of the day. Saturday, my son and I were able to get siding on two sides of the house. It's not as easy as you would think! We had to cut the opening for the window, make sure the sides were flush and level and try not to get hurt with incredibly unwieldy sheets of siding.

Sunday (always a day of rest) and Monday were non-productive days. Cold, blustery weather prevented me from getting out and doing much at all. In fact, all I could do was to look out the window and sigh at the thought of how much I could be doing and wasn't. But yesterday and today were perfect for digging in and getting some work done.

This circular saw is one of my favorite tools. I have learned to respect it and master it over the years. At one time, I was deathly afraid of it. But, there's nothing like wanting to make something and no one being home to help, to make you forget your fears and give you the courage to try. I love my circular saw.

Yesterday we hung the door and window, installed some of the trim and my neighbor graciously made trusses to hold the corrugated metal roofing that will go up tomorrow.

Today, it was up to me. This morning found me scraping off the old paint from the door, and giving it a good coat of primer. I also painted out the trim work and the window, preparing them for their final coat of glossy white paint.

I know they look messy right now, but there is a method to my madness. The window and door are old, found at estate sales, and pretty weather-worn. I painted over the windows to seal the edges where the panes and wood meet, just for a little protection from the elements.

Inside, I cut and installed the bead board paneling, made and installed the nesting boxes (although they are not finished) and trimmed out and made a door for the pop-hole. Yikes! I am tired, dirty, and I do believe that I smell. But it's that smell that comes from a hard day's work, and it doesn't bother me. Not one bit. But you may not want to get close to me.

Here is the almost-finished chicken coop. I am thinking of naming it "La Maison du Quatre Soeurs de Poulet" (The House of Four Chicken Sisters) , or "La Maison de Fraise" (The Strawberry House) , because it will eventually have strawberry wallpaper inside. I don't know. Wait! I think you should name it! I never did get to complete the giveaway for naming the chicks because of their untimely demise. Maybe this is the perfect solution!

The name you choose does not have to be in French. In fact, I'm not quite sure why I chose French names. But then, I've been known for my weirdness.

So, leave your name for the chicken house in your comment. On Friday, April 25th, I will draw a name from my big, yellow bowl and announce the winner.

Giving things away makes me deliriously happy. So does making chicken houses.


Lesha said...

How about Wings Inn? :)

GardenGoose said...

"Hen Party Palace"

pumpkin seed said...

les quarts de dames ( The ladies quarters)

Le drapeau Inn ( the Feathered Inn)

Masquer belle loin ( Beautiful Hideaway)

Hope this gives you a few ideas! I just love chickens! I think that hen house is JUST adorable! Those are some lucky chicks!

grace gerber said...

I like Poulet Palace. Or how about Leghorn Lodge - I raise Leghorns at my farm. Chick Chaulet (not sure if that is spelled right) could be another possible winner. Cluck, Cluck Inn has been pecked over but I think still shows promise.

Well, I could keep going but I will give the other hens a chance to scratch out a name or two. Good Luck or is that Cluck?

this is from
Larkspur Funny Farm

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Karin! Your chicken coop is looking awesome and just like your drawing! Can't wait to see the chickens in there laying their eggs! :) Hugs, Maryjane

zan asha said... many tries do we get? Ok mine is simple: Chick-Inn (get it? Ok, maybe lame, but who knows?) :D

Autumn said...

How about
RISKY ROOST- considering the untimely demise of the chicks. :)

Senior Bowler-Carolyn said...

I think you should call it Flora's Folly...after all it is her house

Theresa said...

Ok, so French is cool, but since I'm in Hawaii mode (only 14 days until I'll be there again!!!) I'm gonna go with. . .

Hale Moa Wahine

Which literally means "house of the chicken female" !


Amy Ellen said...

That house is so cute. Now this name is dorky, but you could call it the Happy Hen House, LOL!!! That is one of the nicest chickens houses I have seen, and with strawberry wallpapre to boot. My you have lucky chickens.

Anonymous said...

The henhouse is so cute! For a name, how about:

~Strawberry Haven


~Flora's Hatch House

There are so many great names that the girls have come up with :)


Michelle said...

how nice to have space for your chickens! we just have a patio barely enough for my plants!

good luck on a name!

Sugarplum Cottage said...

Thank you for sharing this post. I would love to have some chickens. It would be great to hang a straw wreath decorated with a nest and eggs, on the door. And of course a big bow. It look darlin'.

Hugs RoseMarie

Lorrie said...

What fun! How about...Le palais des poules (chicken palace) or Mon Petit Versailles (my little Versailles)...or Home of Chic Chicks...oh dear, I could go on and on.


Lea of Farmhouse*Blessings said...

Okay ... my name is a little silly but I just had to add it ~ The Egg Emporium! Whatever you choose to name it, the house is magnificent. You have done a wonderful job and should be so proud of yourself!

Wishing you wheelbarrows full of eggs,

meg said...

Wow~ I'm impressed both with your skill with the circular saw & all the creative entries for naming the mansion!
My fancy leans more towards Italian, so my contribution is "Ritirata Della Gallina" (pretty musical for "Hen Retreat")

Utah Grammie said...

How about Casa del Pollo

GardenGoose said...

love your chicken coop..did you happen to write down how you built it? I'd love to build one like it for our gals. Any hints/tips or directions on how you made yours?

Jen in KS said...

I have no name to offer, just a thank you for identifying the unknown flower (Speedwell) on my blog. I see in your About Me that you knit. May I send you a token of my gratitude for clearing up my mystery? You can contact me through my email addy on my blog.

ikkinlala said...

I hope you don't take offense at this, because I really don't intend it that way, but with the idea of wallpaper and all it reminds me of some of the nicer outhouses I've seen. Very fancy for a chicken house!

This means I keep coming up with the wrong kind of names. So I will submit one of my first thoughts: The Strawberry Elephant (because it has elephant feet).

Utah Grammie said...

"Chick Clique"


Jessica said...

"Coop-Deville" as in the car - teehee. That chicken house is just too cute!

Another would be "Sunrise Cafe" since you will get eggs, etc for morning meals. :)

michelle delp said...

Chalet de Poulet

Love your coop! We have had much success with our small coop, haven't lost a hen yet! We also raised ours up on blocks, only we used a wire mesh floor so the droppings don't accumulate.

~~Mikki Jo said...

My choice is close to another but Coop De Villa. Love the hen house, so sweet.

windycorner said...

Le Coop would suit your beautiful creation of a chicken house. I'm a little worried about Flora keeping that floor clean-is it removable? You might consider fitting it with a heavy plastic liner that can be removed and emptied. This just comes from my experience as the proud owner of Black Bantams and Rhode Island Reds.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if you got mine or not through Mary Janes Farm, but here' goes (from Kygurlsrbest):

Pullet Palace

Strawberry Custard Inn (because of the wallpaper and you needs EGGS for a lovely colored custard)

ChickInn (from my husband)

and my first submission.... Hen Haven

Anonymous said...

Hi Karin! How cute! What about "Cluck Cottage"?!!!
"Egg-strordinary Inn",
"Rosebower Roost", "Cluckers Condo", "The Omelet Hotel"....
I think I lost my mind! Have fun, both Floras look great! Bramble

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Love Jessica's...Sunrise Cafe'!!!! Hugs, Maryjane

JellyQ said...

Okay I'm getting into the fray. How about "Flora's Blue Haven" or "The Berry Barn" or "Ciel de Poule"
Good Luck everyone,
JellyQ (Angie)