To Garden, To Gather or to Roost...


Yes, here I am in my gum boots.  I told you they're my favourite foot wear.  I'm working on my greenhouse here for a story we did for Country Living a few years ago.
Speaking of...
I have a question - and I know the answer already, but I'm interested in your opinion.


This little greenhouse that my husband built me for a wedding present has seen it's share of photo shoots.
We shoot here annually for the local organic gardener.  We've had models - male and female - all lovely posing in October pretending it's a spring day. 


It's been a glamorous gathering spot for the ladies - and apparently a place I paint!??  What?


And for years, it's served a purpose.
But...


I want these.  Well, not these ones exactly, but the pretty ones with bonnets and anklets. 
So you know where I'm going with this.
Can it now be a cute home for the chickens?
All images but the last are by my sweet friend Janis Nicolay.

50 comments:

Karla {Kerrisdale Design Inc} said...

Now is the greenhouse different than the "shabby shack"?? If so, then go for the chickens, your Lily looks like she'd have a ball! And my little Carys would think you were even cooler {she loved your doggy} if you had chickens too.

And I have to ask....any chance you have one of those stunning chandeliers hanging around you'd like to off load? Or where they just brought out for a shoot? So gorgeous!

Karla

PS building a greenhouse for a wedding gift is so very romantic, what a sweet husband!

mimi charmante said...

no! no no no!!!
my husband built me my chicken coop for Christmas nearly six years ago and I love it (it has a loft and a spot for the babies each year, as well as a workbench). however, I just went through your greenhouse photos with him so that he knows what he needs to build next. can't we find a darling coop plan for you to build instead? you also need to chat with me before you buy your chicks - I have some fabulous girls here on the farm!
xx

donna baker said...

If you are able to see your beautiful greenhouse with chicken shit pasted all over the walls and rafters, then okay. They are nasty beasts though I couldn't live without them. Turkeys are the friendliest and have such cute personalities. My vote is to build them their own house with a fence so you won't have to worry about predators. The Poulet Chalet or Cluckingham Palace.

maría cecilia said...

Heather, I wouldn´t mind if you change my favorite greenhouse in the world into a chicken house... I will always have in my heart and mind what you have done, an amazingly beautiful work in it, and I know your chicken house is going to be so charming as well!!!!
Cariños,
maria cecilia

Roxanne said...

Why not? You may need a place to let them hang outside, but as long as it keeps the 'bad guys' out, it should work. Here's my question...do you realllly want to give up that pretty space to your chickens?

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

If you can dream it they will come...

Tom Stephenson said...

Can't you get an old, rusting Rolls Royce for a chicken house like the French do with little 2CV's? Chickens and chandeliers don't mix well, I think.

Cherry Ann Art said...

It seems too nice for chickens - might get too hot for them ! - I,d love to paint in it :)

mise said...

You look great in your gum boots! And I suspect this is going to be the wrong answer, but I say no. I've seen what chickens can do to a place, and it would be against the spirit of the memory of those chandeliers. I'm wrong, aren't I?

Jacqueline said...

Of course you know the answer...YES...it would be the most perfect home for the chicks.

Michael - Innkeeper said...

this is YOUR greenhouse!? you've got to be kidding me?! lucky you. it's stunning. you have quite a talent.

one of my biggest dreams is to be in a national magazine at some point in my life. many congrats to you. you should be so proud and honored!

flwrjane said...

Not that hens don't like chandeliers, but...

Seems simple to me. Your husband can just build you a hen house. Then you can have both. Beauty and function.

Problem solved?

The Cedar Shingled Barn said...

OH my! I LOVE your shed. Could you build them a new home? Even though it would be luxury living for the cute little cluckers, imagining their dirty little doo all over that gorgeous shed is hard to imagine. Although, I'm sure we would see some amazing hen house pics if you decide to go that way.

:)
XO,
Valerie

Lady Grey said...

those would be the luckiest chickens ever!!
oxo

CL Field said...

Could be the "Chicken coop goes glam!" I'm sure you've seen Heather Bullard's fancy coop. Why not?!

Rachel Marie said...

I'm not trying to kick the chickens out ... but this spot seems far too lovely for chicken poo. I have no doubt in your ability to create a quaint coop.

Tracie said...

I am new here. I have never posted before. I can't keep quiet on this subject though. This post just tickles me. I love your glam greenhouse but oh how I love that you are willing to make it over for the chickens. I am a new backyard chicken farmer and I have to tell you that I dream of such posh digs for my girls. What a lovely idea. Just lovely! I have to ask, will you keep the chandeliers? : )

Cláudia Murakami said...

Heather, the chickens are gonna love it!!! Kisses!! Bela.

Colleen said...

...DO IT!........Lily will love it!...and thats all that matters!

Martina Voigt-Schmid said...

This house looks to pretty to give it to the chickens - can't you build another one for them? Hmmm, unless you really, really love these birds ;)

Madelief said...

Hi,

Just realised that I came upon photos of your greenhouse in this months British Country Living! It looks simply wonderful! If I were you I would keep it for myself and build another one for the chickens. It is far too beautiful!!!

Can do mom said...

I'm an old farmgirl and I love your beautiful greenhouse. I have nothing against chickens but I'm with those who think they need their own humble home. Chickens are messy birds!

rustandruffles said...

Hi Heather,
I have seen and admired your gorgeous greenhouse in the magazine. I think you would really, really miss it if you turned it in to a chicken coop. My goodness I don't think the chickens need something quite so glamorous--LOL--I'm on the SAVE THE GREENHOUSE committee!!! LOL
Happy day!
xojanis

b-mused said...

Heather,
I love the boots, the greenhouse and the chick idea!! Just don't love the chicks in the greenhouse:). That space is too fabulous to use for chicks. Have hubby design a seperate coop for the little darlings:).

I hope to have chicks one day as well and after seeing all of your greenhouse photos, I'd love to have one of those too:). Soooo perfect.

xoxo,

Blair

Southern Lady said...

My dad has chickens and they are very messy. I love the fresh eggs, but I am glad that he keeps the chickens at his place. The bottom line, however, is that it is your greenhouse. You should use it in anyway that you wish. It is quite lovely as it is! Have a wonderful weekend. Carla

Liz@Violet Posy said...

I saw your beautiful greenhouse in Country Living UK this month and it is/was lovely. But do the chickens need something quite so glam? There are some beautiful chicken huts about and I'm sure your husband could design them something beautiful. But I can totally understand you wanting chickens they are fantastic :)

Building a House and Home said...

Oh no! They'll destroy it. I'm on the "build them their own damn house" team. Although I'm sure they'd love the chandeliers...

Queenplinker said...

I'll be a wet blanket and say, "no"..don't do it. Greenhouse are far too expensive hard to come by. Maybe that's just my part of the country. Surely since your husband made such an amazing greenhouse he can built an equally adorable coop.

Just 2 cents, which we know ain't worth much!
Have a good weekend, Lynea

jan said...

It's the ultimate playhouse you have there (for grown ups)! What a lovely wedding present. Gee - it seems far too lovely for a chicken coop. How many chickens are you thinking of having? Have you seen these? http://www.omlet.us/homepage/ - maybe too plastic-y for your nice organic farm - but they are kind of cute. Sort of like Lily's playhouse. : )

Calum said...

I am also of the opinion that chickens don't require a condo as palatial as that greenhouse! Two or three banana crates and some chicken wire would be enough to keep them out of the adjacent vegetable garden.
Besides - that "wonderful husband that builds greenhouses as wedding presents" hasn't much room left in his tool shed so where are you planning on moving all of those 'greenhouse treasures' to?

Pinecone Camp said...

My friend, you know my thoughts on this subject. Have a lovely weekend!

Deb said...

Sounds like fun. Hope you get your wish. I like chickens too but I'm not sure I can commit myself to them. I would sure love the fresh eggs though. Have a great weekend. Hugs, Deb =^..^=x5

koralee said...

Lucky chickens!!! Go for it....I would..really I have always wanted a houseful of girls. xoxox

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Teresa said...

I too would love to have some chickens, but I dream of their own lovely coop. I vote for the greenhouse to stay so that you can start your plants and a space to relax in the winter with snow all around and the sun shining so brightly in the greenhouse. They have a lovely little coop at he Sunshine Lavender Farm in North Carolina. Their hens layed eggs while we were there in June that the owners gathered for us to take home and enjoy. Each egg was a different color and just were so pretty. Just think of the opportunities to document the building of the coop or to take some lovely photos of fresh eggs and the hens. I suggest the hens get their own home, what fun to design and build just what you would like. Here is the link if you would like to see her coop. Always, Teresa
www.sunshinelavenderfarm.com

Barbara said...

Oh no! Can't you build a separate chicken coop? I love your greenhouse!
(BTW:this is NONE of my business!)
My FIL had a greenhouse and turned it into a chicken coop and by the end of his life, the chickens were gone and we used it in the dead of winter to get sun tans! We'd sit in there with tin foil and let the sun pour down. (And of course ruined our skin, which I am paying for now.) So everytime I hear the word chicken coop, I think of that!

Jen said...

What a lucky girl you are that your hubby built you a greenhouse! It is stunning!
Chickens are a messy little bunch,I would have to build them there own beautiful home but its your place...You have to do what you feel is the right fit!

Anne Marie said...

too funny.....that is exactly what we are thinking with my 'summer house'.....but something is definitely holding me back - and if I had your cute summer house I would so NOT convert that into a chicken house - we are always looking for the easy way to do things here on the farm, but really? it's best if you come up with something else (besides, 'the girls' would get all hot under all that glass i think)

first time here - and really enjoyed my visit!!
xo+blessings,
Anne Marie

Chrissy said...

Hi there..so happy to have found your lovely blog! I am from just outside of Toronto...and love when I find another Canadian blogger! Going to have a look around,all the best!

Marina said...

Hi! I'm new to commenting, but I've been following the blog for awhile and love it. I vote for the chickens getting a new little home of their own... they'd get too hot under all that glass! And also... well, it's just too gorgeous to let those feathered dames take over, no matter how cute they are!

When you do get the chickens, after your new coop has been built by your dear patient husband, the eggs they give you will make you all smile... orange-yellow yolks... divinely delicious! Lily will just love the beautifully colored chickens AND their variously colored, yummy eggs! ;~)

All the best!

Sandrahess said...

These all photos are really pretty cool and i like the apartments. I like your article about a day in the country. thanks for the update.


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caitlin said...

great post

soulflower said...

i think donna baker said it best...i agree!

mariondee-designs said...

Hi, I just came across your lovely blog and all I can say is .. are you crazy, woman!? I'd give anything for a green house like that! I think hubby might be due for an anniversary present.. say in the form of a chicken coop... lol! take care, maryann

Anna Wilson-Patterson said...

Nope.
The floor will be covered in chicken poo and mites will gather in the wall cracks.
There are some very splendid purpose built chicken coops out there...

AnnaVallance said...

Definitely not!

Beverly said...

I still have that issue. I read it over and over and have shown my hubs your greenhouse at least a million times. Why I did not make the connection that you are "The" Heather in that article??? I was a blond at one time, therefore that must be the reason! I am on the fence here, because I love the greenhouse, but I also so so love chickens. I used to raise chickens for years. When I started parrot rescue, I gave my chickens to my neighbor across the street. I have visiting rights:) Anyway, seems you decided to keep the greenhouse. Wise choise. By the way, you started my love of chandeliers outside. I now have three outside. One on each patio and even one in my rescue aviary. I took out the bulb holder thingies and put seed in them instead. My birdies love it and I think they think they are the most sophisticated birdies around:)

the veg artist said...

Another NO! Have you never been inside a hen-house? Do you not know that there will be chicken shit, feathers, mites/fleas everywhere - deep on the floors, up the walls, even on the ceiling? You will never, ever, get rid of the smell if you change your mind.

Or have you got enough money that it doesn't matter, and that enables you to just build another glam greenhouse?

Go pick eggs in a wooden henhouse, not just a tiny one. You'll soon see the damage that would be done.

Nerissa said...

you have the most beautiful greenhouse!

Inspire Me Heather said...

Gorgeous greenhouse!! Wow - Country Living too, eh? Have your chickens moved in?