Nikki from West Virginia’s Chicken Coop Pictures

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Have I ever told you I LOVE getting emails loaded with your garden and chickens photos and stories? Check out the photos {and the story behind them} Nikki from West Virginia recently sent in:

I love, love, love reading your one hundred dollars a month blog! I am so envious of your free food photos. Here in Southwest Virginia, I have visited all of my local markets begging for “chicken scraps” to no avail! Our major grocery chains are “not allowed” to save unused produce or it’s already spoken for by local rescue missions. I have resorted to just growing extra in my raised bed garden, and pallet salad bed- which I also got inspiration from you.

raised garden beds

Anyhoo…..I am writing to show off my chicken coop. It has taken a lot of hard work. I am a bit OCD like yourself, so once I get a vision I am on a mission to finish it like a crazy person!

DIY Chicken Coop Plans

We live on two acres on top of a mountain overlooking the Roanoke Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains, so we named our coop Bella Vista (beautiful view). It houses fourteen hens (Red sexlinks, Copper Marans, White Rocks, Eastereggers and one crazy White Crested Polish). I am a newbie to chickens with this being my first flock. I will start getting eggs around mid June. I have been doing research and talking “chicken” with whoever will listen for the past year, so the first egg will be an exciting day!

chicken coop with snow

Ok, so onto the coop detais. We built the coop behind our house so that it butts up to our dog fence. The dogs will scare away any predator that may try to have a chicken dinner! The coop is 8×8 interior with 8×16 run (8 ft. under with 8 ft covered run) I tried to only use re-purposed material as much as possible. I scrounged new construction site dumpsters for anything I could use. I saved a lot of money, but some things had to be purchased new like plywood for roof, T1-11 siding, and hardware cloth.

Classic chicken coop plans DIY

Most all lumber was “culled” (no chicken pun intended) lumber from Lowes for 50% Off. Shingles from Craigslist, exterior door from Habitat and windows- free from awesome replacement window guy!

wisteria arbor

And the BEST free things….. coop screen door from my grandmother’s garage and an old plate rack shelf for the Bella Vista Eggs sign from my great granny’s house. It makes me all warm and fuzzy to see them ever day. They would have loved it!

My computer geek husband even installed a coop cam so I can check in on the ladies from work. My co-workers think I’m crazy! …. Ha! If they only knew!

I hope you enjoy my coop as much as I enjoy your website!
Sincerely, Nikki

cold frame

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If you would like to have your garden, chicken coop or something you’ve made featured on One Hundred Dollars a Month, here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Your Garden Pictures and Tips – I’d especially like to see your garden set ups, growing areas, and know if you are starting seeds indoors this year. If so,  show me some picture of how you are going about it.
  • Your Chicken and Chicken Related Stories – Coops, Chicks, Hen’s, Roosters, Eggs, you name it. If it clucks, send us some pictures to share with the world.
  • Cool Arts & Crafts – Made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.
  • Your pictures and stories about your pets. The more pictures and details the better.

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  1. Samantha M. says

    I want a coop cam, and I don’t even have a coop anymore. Watching chickens pecking around would be so relaxing in the middle of a busy work day.

  2. Lisa says

    Your chicken coop is darling and I love the big window with the flower box underneath. Your chickens are living in style!

  3. Heidi says

    I have total coop envy! It’s beautiful. You should be soooo proud.
    I built my little red coop about a year ago. I think my husband would shoot me if I said I needed a new one just like yours!

  4. Kate says

    Love your coop! What a delight. I hope when we move soon and we have more space and less restrictions, we can build a coop! :) Way to go!!

  5. Dawn Bowden says

    BRAVO!!!! A standing ovation!!!! Love it Nikki. I want a chicken cam too. Nicely done. I have Coop-Envy. Oh heck what has happened to my life? Lordy. Just love your new pad or should I say the chickens new pad.

  6. Susan says

    Gorgeous coop! Love the picture of you with one of your ladies – and your apron is beautiful!! A photo worthy of the cover of a magazine. Seriously!!!

    Really enjoying all the stories and photos from all over.

  7. says

    That is a beautiful chicken coop – the window box is just precious. Thanks to you for sharing, and thanks to Mavis for this awesome platform. It is really amazing seeing all the cool ways people live. I like the coop cam idea too :)

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