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Fresh Eggs & Target Dollar Bins Packaging

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Our chickens have been enjoying the sunny weather and have decided it’s time to kick it into high gear. Which means, we’ll be giving away plenty of fresh eggs in the very near future.
And, as many of you know, I adore packaging. Simple, inexpensive packaging even more so.

Whenever I pop into Target for random essentials, I try not to go through their dollar bins (which they strategically place at the front entrance) for obvious reasons but….I noticed these pine wooden boxes and thought they would be perfect for the eggs. Que the scene where I pile my red shopping cart up with every last one they had.

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I knew all they would need is a nest of fresh hay in the bottom and maybe a simple tag tied with butchers twine. The natural color of everything looked very organic….me likey.

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This is now the stage where I proceeded to take about 75 photos of said eggs in boxes. Multiples of every conceivable angle and depth of field. I rarely take so many but I suppose I was inspired.

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I’m sure these boxes would come in handy for other uses…maybe inside a pantry for small goods, tucked in a dresser drawer for jewelry or to corral all those little craft and sewing items. Why, I bet Pinterest has a thousand ways to DIY them!

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At Home: Chez Poulet Coop & Chickens

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It’s been quite a while since I first posted about our chicken coop. Actually, it’s been over 2 years! I can’t believe it’s been that long. It’s still one of my most popular posts and we continue to sell plans to the coop every day. It’s been quite an adventure.

Over the weekend, I had some time to take new photos to share with you. Not much has changed…a few plants have been added, a new fence and some new “girls”….

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We’re often asked if we would change anything about our design and we’re happy to report…no. It works well for the five hens we raise and has proven to be incredibly easy to clean. We just pull a trash bin up to the coop doors, scrape out the used shavings to add to the compost pile, then hose down the inside and let dry.
Hope you enjoyed the little coop tour…thanks for stopping by.

If you have any questions, I’ll do my best to answer them in the comments!

If you’re interested in the plans to build your own, click here.
If you’d like to see the original post with more detailed design photos, click here.
If you’d like to see all posts about Chez Poulet, click here.

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New Spring Chicks

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Well, I guess I better start this off by saying, if you’re not in the mood to see an overload of adorable chick photos, you best click away now because we’re about to have a serious Chick-Fest in the house. Last Friday, we brought home 5 new girls and have been smitten ever since. We added 2 Rhode Island Reds, 2 Americaunas and 1 Plymouth Barred Rock to our flock. Names are mostly undetermined but the black one is getting very close to being named Coco.

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As you can see, our sweet Bella has made fast friends with the new girls and has maintained her role as the chicken wrangler. They all seemed very interested in her!

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We’re so happy to be adding the new chicks to our little urban farm!

And in the spirit of full disclosure, I must tell you that we lost 3 of our hens. Ruby got very ill and Marshmallow and Souffle were attacked. It was really sad and there were some tears shed. Being a “farmer” isn’t always sunshine and daisies. It was surprising how attached we got to our girls and their quirky, fun personalities. We know that our new little hens will give us just as much joy and will be happy to be greeted with our daily veggie treats!

PS. For those of you who might be new to the blog, our chickens live here.

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