Are you looking for ways to make your coop stand out? There are a lot of ways that you can make your chicken coop attractive. The methods that I’m going to share with you will not only make your coop look nicer, but it can help it last longer and provide benefits to your flock. Let’s dive in!
One of the easiest and most beneficial ways to decorate your coop is to landscape around it. You probably have landscaping around your house, so why not add some landscaping around your chicken’s coop? You could do this very simply with a few plants or you can have small, elaborate flowerbeds around the coop.
If you want a more simple, rustic look, I recommend planting herbs around the coop. There are a few reasons why herbs around the coop just make sense.
- Chickens love herbs. Fresh herbs are incredibly healthy for your chickens and can provide much needed vitamins, minerals and antibiotic properties to help keep your chickens healthy.
- Herbs can attract good bugs, while repelling bad ones. Chickens love to eat insects. In fact, insects make up as much as 80% of a chicken’s diet when allowed to free range. Herbs can help attract good bugs that your chickens will eat, while repelling the bad ones like mites and ticks, that can bother your chickens.
- Herbs are not only beneficial for your chickens, but for you also. If you’re interested in adding an herb garden, you might as well plant it around your coop for the added benefits that your chickens will get out of them.
- Fragrant herb plants can help to cover up smells that might come from your coop. A clean coop doesn’t smell, but sometimes it’s hard to keep up with coop cleaning duty. Herbs like lavender, citronella, and lemongrass can help to create a pleasant smell around the coop.
When you plant herbs around your coop, plant them on the outside of the coop. If you plant them inside the coop, your flock will likely eat the herbs down to the ground. Planting them on the outside of the coop will ensure that your chickens don’t mow the herbs down completely.
You can also take the time to landscape around your coop. Create small flowerbeds around the coop with small shrubs, trees or flowers. Be careful not to plant toxic plants around the coop. Planters filled with seasonal flowers can add a pop of color and fun to the coop’s landscape.
A fresh coat of paint can make a big difference in what your chicken coop looks like. Almost all coops can be painted, as long as you buy the correct paint for your material. Wooden coops can also be pressure washed and stained rather than painted if you prefer a more rustic look.
If you want to take your coop up a notch, you can paint the wire also. Black wire looks more sophisticated and actually blends into the background more, making it almost invisible. If you want to paint your wire black, use a roller and apply multiple coats. Don’t use a spray to paint the wire, as most of the sprayed paint will get wasted. Painting the wire can also help it to last longer.
The inside of your coop can also be painted. A layer of latex paint can create a surface that is much easier to clean and sanitize than wood alone. White can look very clean inside of chicken coop.
You can decorate your coop to spruce it up. There are a lot of places where you can find farm fresh egg themed decor that will look great on or in your coop. Your chickens won’t mind that your coop is decorated and it will make it much more attractive to look at.
Are you decorating your coop?