Friday, January 21, 2011

New Chicken Digs Contest

Hi farm friends, first I want to say thanks to each and every one of you for taking the time to read the last post about my dad. You have no idea how much your comments lifted my spirits and supported me through a difficult week. I am so grateful for all of you.

Life goes on. After the arrival of several new November birds, the farmer and I decided we’d have to have another chicken house. We talked about building a coop, but hadn’t put our plans in motion. In December, we found a  great, pre-manufactured building with the idea of converting it to the new chicken digs.

It took a few weeks to be delivered because of all the bad weather we’ve had-but finally, it arrived. We are in the process of tweaking the inside by building three partitions to keep the breeds separated. And, we’ve also added three individual runs on the back of the building so they can catch bugs, eat worms and try to intimidate each other through the chicken wire.

When the weather warms up, we’ll paint it to match our barn and potting shed-all white with black trim. I’ll also add flower boxes to the windows in anticipation of planting shrubs and flowers around it to pretty it up. I mean, we can’t let our chickens live in a house that our pigs wouldn’t be caught dead in- can we?

Our Little Pig House

However, our little chicken house needs a name and we could use your help coming up with one. No suggestion is a bad one, toss them out and we’ll catch them. We will let the chicken branch determine the official winner and then will have a pretty sign made up to hang on the front porch this spring.

Once the chickens decide, we will have a special gift basket for the winner. So, drink a cup of joe or hot tea and give it a shot. Maybe some of your chickens will have some suggestions, too. Can’t wait to hear.

It’s easy to enter. Just leave a comment on this post with your suggestion. Share it with your friends and I will also include a special gift to be selected randomly with one entry for commenting and one entry for sharing with others (but please let me know when you comment). The winners will be selected at the end of the day, Wednesday, January 26.

Happy weekend all,


A Brit in Tennessee said...

Hello Amy:
First I want to let you know, I tried leaving you a comment about your dad, but the comment box wouldn't load. However, I wanted to
tell you that I was most deeply moved by your tribute to him, a loving, gentle, and kind man devoted to his family and it shows.
Today is the 22nd anniversary of my dad's passing, a young man age 58, taken much too soon.
I miss him with a passion, and keep his memories tucked away in my heart, there is not a day passes without thinking of him.
{Hugs} to you friend.
Now, I'll be back with a name for your chicken coop :)
It's a lovely one too I might add....
~ Jo

TexWisGirl said...

Okay, in keeping with your rental cottage/B&B theme, how about "The Hen Hotel" or "The Henscratch Inn"?? :)

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

i love pansy's house !!!! darling

this new chicken house is going to be adorable...

i am home baking all day...and will be thinking about chicken names...

sending cozy love,
kary and teddy

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Hi Amy, I love your hen house you lucky duck. Here are some of my suggestions.
Feather Your Nest Inn
The Sky Is Falling Inn (remember chicken little)
Egg Stop Station
The Dorm
Scratch and Pluck Palace
Hen's Heaven
The White House
Here are just a few I'll be back with more. This is so much fun Amy. We had a snow day today so school was canceled.

Jen said...

Cute chicken coop

I vote The Chicken House but in French... "Le Poulailler"

A Brit in Tennessee said...

How about "Cluckingham Palace" :)
~ Jo

Michelle said... about The Cock-a-Doodle Motel or The Cluck-Cluck Inn?

Karen Thomason/Gordon Setter Crossing said...

Hi Amy! My suggestion for the new chicken house is, Verde's Birdies. Can't wait to see the other suggestions! Good Luck to Everyone!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Hi I'm back just a couple more.
Poulet Chalet
Happy Hen's Haven
Cackle and Scratch Cottage
Chicken Charm Farm

Sassafras and Winterberry said...

Oh...I want a little chicken coop too!! That is going to be so great with the flower boxes and the new paint job. Now, for a name: how about "Bantam Bungalow"?

Toni aka irishlas said...

SicĂ­n Cottage - it's Irish for chicken cottage.

What a cute hen house! I can see the flower boxes full of color!

Lori Lynn said...

Oh how cute! My old Ebay ID was "biddy bloomers"...translated to chicken butt, I guess. LOL! How about The Biddy Barn since it looks like a little barn?? or Cackleberry Castle? LOLOL!
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Nancy said...

How about The Heart Beak Hotel?

Oh, that's awful. Haha! Love the coop. So stylish. Your chickens are so lucky!

Sharon said...

Country Chicks~Fancy Chicks~Intellichicks 3 kinds, right?

Amy, my mind is just a tad der today!

Will be really cute when you get it painted to look like the rest of the farm.

ah.... Verde's Fancies?

Chris at Red Gate Farm said...

Hey Amy,

It looks fabulous red... but I can see that it would look even better if it matched the barn. Your hens will be so happy in their new home. And the window box idea, well I'm telling ya flat out I'm stealing that idea.

My suggestion is "Coop de Ville".


PS I've honored you with a little award, so you you want to wander over to "my place" you can check it out... and I'll understand if ya don't "accept awards" :)

jp@A Green Ridge said...

How about "Verde's Roost"? I love the shape of it and it will look wonderful with the window boxes and new paint to match. Amy, I'm sorry about your Dad. He has left some big footprints....:)JP

Carla said...

In keeping with your Spanish name (Verde), how about Casa Gallito (house of the tiny chicken).
I used to think it was Pollo, but found out via my son that Pollo is a cooked chicken.

Anonymous said...

I am not a jealous person.....but am so jealous of your adorable hen house.....SOOOOO CUTE! My poor girls!

As far as a name for your little digs.... hubby (meanie) said my suggestion is dumb :( ....but I was going to say "The Little Hen Inn".

Tete said...

Ok- I will try this:
The Pecking Palace, Hen's Haven, The Chickie Chateu, 3 Clucks Inn, or the Speckled Egg B&B.
Can't wait to see it all finished and what name you pick. I know if I were a chicken, I would want to live there.
Hugs- Tete

Lori Skoog said...

You are getting some fabulous suggestions! How about "Eggsit Here."
I'll have to think on this.

Maura @ Kisiwa Creek Photography said...

OH Amy it's SO CUTE!!! Can't wait to see it all done up in your colors.
Ok hows this....
The Shabby Chick-Inn
I never looked at the other comments to see if anyone already picked it...if so I'm sorry and you can just delete this one. I'm in a hurry so have to rush off! Have a wonderful weekend Maura :)

Dog Trot Farm said...

Wow, that is one great looking coop! Your readers have sure offered some great name suggestions. I am sorry to say after dealing with snow all day this is all I can come up with. ~GONE AFOWL~ Blessings from snowy Maine

Lisa said...

Oh my! So many good ideas. Mine is just plain ole "The Hen Pen"

Patrice said...

Princess, our extra large( read-fat) Cornish Rock said you should call it the Chick Cave.

Doc, our Barred Rock said it should be the Poultry Palace.

Ellie, our Buff Orpington said it should be the Clucky Cottage.

None of the above are exactly PhDs and I'm busy trying to name my art studio. The chickens want to know if they can vacation there. They must have read the part about your cottage rental! lol

Sharon said...


What about Feathernester's B and B or just Feathernester's?

Sharon said...


How about Feathernesters B and B or just Feathernesters?

Chai Chai said...

....The Chicken Ranch??????

Chai Chai said...

I forgot to mention how beautiful your new coop is.

Lisa Sall - Sall's Country Life said...

Oh wow, our chickens will be so jealous! Their coop is a real dump compared to this mansion (or compared to their dump this looks like a mansion?) Well, you get my drift. I'm glad you're going to paint to match your farm, I thought the red was a little much compared to the rest of your classy farm! Sall had to walk the 1/2 mile into our farm to check on our abandoned chickens again today. They are all alive yet, but I bet they can't wait till spring! Poor things! Great idea for naming your hen house, I'll keep it in mind! Have a great weekend!

Country Gal said...

I love your little red barn chicken house it is wonderful and pansy's house is darling I love little buildings like that! Great photos and post! How about
The poultry inn
The Chicks hide away
The Roost inn
The Henny Penny
Farm chicks hut
The chicken shack
Clucky's cove
The hens are us
This was fun lol hope you post what ya chose to call your coop. Have a great day !

Country Gal said...

A few more, ya got me goin now lol !
Clucky's corner
The red rooster
Barn yard chicks
The red hen inn

Tonia said...

I am so bad at figuring out names but I will give it a try... There have been so many Cute suggestions!
But here goes...
The 3 Clucks Inn.... You know since you will have 3 breeds...
SO is the Verde French or Spanish?.. I learned in High school it was French for green.. but I think it means the same in Spanish...

Genny said...

What a great way to use a prefab shed! I love it and can't wait to see the inside when it's completely finished. I can't think of a single name for the new coop. Well, how 'bout L'il Deuce Coop, or Coop de Grass. LOL I know someone will come up with the perfect theme.

Terry said...

It's adorable. How about Casita Verde?

Janet, said...

How about chicken shack or egg palace?

Vintage Country Girl said...

Love the house by the way, these hens are so lucky!

My vote would be... Verde Cottage
Vintage living
The happy hen house

Sassafras and Winterberry said...

Hi Amy,
I sent folks over your way today to check out your contest from my blog. You are getting some great name ideas! The chickens will have a hard time picking!
Take care,

Deb said...

cluck cluck hut....Henny Penny Lane..Eggs are Us...

Janet @ My Miniature Donkeys said...

Amy, no name suggestion, but I do have a question. Why do you need to separate the breeds? I'm assuming it's due to aggression. (?)

Verde Farm said...

Hi Janet, we have t separate the breeds because we want to keep them pure. We have silkies and polish and calico cochins and they need to breed together. If we mix them--they will interbreed and lose the purity. Make sense?

Terry Golson said...

My first coop was also a prefab garden shed, retrofitted with a pop door, and divided so we could have storage on one side. I continue to think that they are an affordable and wise solution to getting a coop. I far prefer having a coop that I can stand in than any of the coops currently being sold. Also, they're usually better ventilated. Good job!

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College said...

I tried and tried to think of a good name and once I started reading everyone's suggestion I just couldn't stop smiling, I love them ALL. I have yet to think of my own but I am working on it :-)

Always love reading about your animals, picture of the pig made my day!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Hello Amy! A busy week caused me to miss your touching post about your Father--I want you to know that on a cold day, it warmed my heart to read...What a moving tribute...

I'll try to think of a name for you, but I'm not clever... :-)

Country Whispers said...

Country gal beat me to it!
Henny Penny Inn
So how about Verde's Banty Roost
or Cluck Cluck Inn,
Verde's Chicken Coop,
Fancy Feather Inn,
Cluck & Strut Roost

matty said...

Darling digs! Love 'em!

Okay, so the naming game is soooo contagious!

Casa di Pollo
Hen Den
Chic-chic Cabana
Cluck Cafe
Three Clucks Inn

OMGoodness! I am glad I don't have to decide! How fun!

Maureen said...

Oh wow! So many great suggestions already! Good luck with that!

Kritter Keeper at Farm Tails said...

everyone has done such great job so i am sure mine will not suffice but here of hens, cackle cottage, the cackle and cluck club, broody bed and breakfast, the hen hut...i am sure it will be cute whatever you name it and your feathered babies will be very happy and safe!

Mary Ann said...

What a beautiful coop!

How about "Ramada Hen"?????

Homesteading and Gardening said...

Wow!! I would love to be able to think of a name but I've always been terrible with being creative that way! There's so many good suggestions though!

Btw, I LOVE that coop, I'm incredibly jealous it's so nice!!

KathyB. said...

Thank-you for visiting me , and what a great idea, a name your coop contest!

Your little pig house is so cute, and it looks like your chicken house will be even better.

As for name ideas, I noticed my one idea has been mentioned a few times already, "Hen Haven" but there are so many cute names mentioned.

I am looking forward to seeing the hen house progression and more about your place!

BumbleBeeLane said...

Here are a few loved putting the thought into it...
Poulet Maisonette
Ello Pollo Casa
The Hennery
Chickpea Cottage
Cackling Inn
Hen Pecked Haven
Chicken Scratch Inn
Flower Farm Roost
Can't wait to see what is picked.Warm Blessings!~Amy

Anonymous said...

Oh my... with all of the wonderful names already offered up here there is simply no way I can out do any of them. Good luck with the name... how fun!


Ginny in Crab Meadow said...

Pullet's Place?
Chickie's Roost?
Henny's House?
Not that Kind of Chicken Ranch?

all from my funny guy hubby - my mind is blank on this one. :-(

Thanks for pointing out the glitch on my page. I think it is fixed wonder I had like no traffic LOL.

I hope its warmer by you than it is here...5 degrees + windchill. brrr chickens stay in the house, it's cold out there.

Anonymous said...

or one more from me

petits pois


katiegirl said...

Hi Amy, thanks for stopping by my blog! I love farm blogs too. Can't wait to check yours out!


Michaele said...

What a cool blog! I will be back!!

Michaele said...

What a cool blog! I will be back!!

The Unusual Farmchick said...

Plume une amie ~ Feather friends!
Now just add the chandelier with your sitting area and you, my dear, will be in The Unsual Farm Chick envy! ;) Thank you for stopping by. I am marking you in my favs for more archive reading!

Larkrise garden girl said...

Hi Amy,I was busy repainting my chicken coop door Friday and today I am vegging. Gosh your coop is beautiful. How about the name Chicken a la Queen! Cheri

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Being an Old Time Movie Lover... I'm going to say "The Egg and I"!!!
Hugs to you,

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Oh and if you never SAW The Egg and I, you SHOULD... I think you can watch the whole thing on YouTube...

Velva said...

I need to ponder about a new name for your chicken coop.
I have the privilege of enjoying fresh eggs each week from a co-worker who raises chickens as a hobby, and store bought eggs have never been the same.


P.S. I will be sending you an email.

Old Hen with a Pen said...

Just wanted to say thank you for visiting my blog, and becoming a follower. I have added your blog to my list of faves also, and will be checking back on your blog quite often. I love what I've seen so far. And I LOVE your new chicken coop!
~Kim @ Old Hen with a Pen

Marie Rayner said...

What a lovely blog you have here. I am sorry about your dad. (((hugs))) This is my first visit here. I followed you back here from the lovely comment you left on my art page. I just love your mini pigs! We used to have chickens when I lived in Canada. I loved them. I will be a follower now as I adore you page. It is a place I will visit often! Thanks for finding me and leaving a trail so that I could find you back! xx

Janice Grinyer said...

oooo, for a moment there I forgot I wasnt on facebook and I was looking for the "like" button on some of the entries lol!

For some reason,all I could come up with was ~ "the girls dormitory" (the 'girls dorm for short!) lol

Must be the idea that they are going to have their own little sections but still be together, or it could be that i have pre traumatic stress with having college daughters who live together in Missoula - ones a pre-law breed and ones an anthropology breed and I totally can relate to that "intimidation" thang' lol

Donna said...

Hi Amy,
Thanks for the visit to my blog. I love your blog, as I enjoy country living and farm life!

How about "The Hen House" for your chicken coop. Wow, you've got quite a few good suggestions already!


John Going Gently said...

bloody hell
I have NEVER seen such a posh hen house...even the queen hasnt got one that swank!!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a wonderful blog you have! I would LOVE to visit your farm...everyone looks happy! I would call it 'chickies'! Just for FUN! ♥

Suzan said...

Love your farm, in three years I will have my own chicken farm :-}}

The Herde Verde Chicken Coop

Take care and stay warm!!

Deb said...

Red Roost Inn....Cocka Doodle Den..Chick Chalet...The Cluckin Coop....this is stuck in my head....

Cindy said...

Hi Amy..the idea you are using with the shed is right smart!!I love the red...but I can see that it needs to cordinate with the other buildings!!

Now for the name..I love all the ideas you have already gotten...boy do you have a hugs task.

I am going for Calico Corners
you could paint a cute calico quilt on the side..and you do raise Calico hens!!

On the funny side...You could add two smaller signs Silkies Hair Salon and Polish Deli. Make it look like a little old General store!

What ever name you choose..I know it will be great! Looking forward to seeing the finished Chick House.

Wouldn't want to ruffle anyones feathers with being left

Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rck and Gingham

connie said...

How about *Nesting House*

Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

darling! how about 'Chic Chicks' or 'Chic Chix'...?
thx for the FuN :)

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness...the name suggestions are all wonderful! I'm glad I am not the one having to decide :) I love the new chicken house and can't wait to see it finished with flowers! My idea is 'Cockadoodledoo Coop'

Bee Haven Bev said...

OMG, Amy....I love your coop!!!!!!

Tara said...

I would live in that coop..It's sooooo cute..
*The chook coop*
*The Girls!*
*The red shed gals*
Good luck with finding a name..xx