Our backyard is mostly taken up by a pool, so my coop is in the planter along the back fence. I have six bantam hens (2 brahmas, 1 cochin, 3 easter eggers): Rosie, Elanor, Violet, Mary, Edith, and Sybil. I wanted a pet, but am allergic to most fuzzy animals, so birds who live outside were a good choice. The coop/roost itself was a kit (which I keep modifying), but we built their 32′ x 2′ predator proof run custom to fit in the space we had. We have added a poultry nipple watering system, and various furniture to play on.
What’s Unique: We are a house based on intentional community, and we have had up to ten people living here at one time over the past 14 years. We participate in a community supported agriculture program, have photo-voltaic panels for our electricity, and heat our pool with solar thermal. Sometimes I manage to plant vegetables in our front yard, but our herb garden continues to do well regardless. We have several fruit trees that mostly produce fruit for the squirrels, and an avocado tree that voluntarily started growing from our compost.