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THE FERAL TURTLE

Saturday, September 7, 2013

KFC Chicken Spa-Hotel

The weekend brings us part two of the KFC coop!
If you are wondering why I would be crazy enough to build a Daycare or Hotel for chickens,
 you can read all about it  HERE!!
It was formerly known as miss Karen's Finishing Coop, but I don't think it's appropriate as I am not fattening them up for the nearest KFC restaurant.

 A new name will be introduced, but still staying with KFC of course!
Karen's Feathered Care 
Karen's Feathered Caravansary 
Karen's Feathered Conservatory
Karen's Foul Corner
Or maybe someone has a better idea????

I didn't want the spectacular roost being the first picture everyone sees.
 (You might not continue on to see what all the cluckings about!
 Instead I'll usher the pictures in with a gorgeous door made from recycled barn board....snort chuckle choke....


 Just waiting for the girls to come so I can debut their visit.  That's right, you will be first to see the only chicken daycare/hotel/spa ever,
 here at the Feral Turtle


A roost was constructed

A trip to the fire pit proved to be worthwhile.
 Sorry for the blurry picture, but it's hard to stand still when you're glancing over your shoulder, in terrified fear of those furry little critters we call "Mickey"
I know Mr. Feral Turtle doesn't believe that those darn little buggers
 are out to get me
 That's because he's never had a
 "chase down"
through the corn patch.
  All he heard was my hysterical screaming, and by hysterical, I don't mean hysterically funny,
 I mean hysterically horrified.
My dirty little secret is out now.  I am terrified of mice!!

I got a wee bit fancy and put an angled roost in too.  It will hold two birds.
 I just cut each end at a 45 degree angle and nailed them in place.

  After scouring decorating magazines,
 I discovered  white is the "IN COLOR"  this year.
 Wanting to keep things high end, cuz that's how we "fly,"
  I mixed the rest of my cheap paint from the oops section at our local hardware store with some slaked lime and water.   Here is  the real whitewash recipe right from
Mother earth News
This paint definitely sticks to everything.  Kinda like an olden days version of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
  Hmmmm  maybe that's where the chalk paint idea was born.

I didn't feel the need to paint the outside as my guests won't see it from this view, and really, isn't it all about your guests?  Plus I ran out of paint :(


I heard, the girls are peeping and chirping about their upcoming trip to KFC.  
 Because this is their first holiday from home, I am hoping to treat them to something special.   I may pickle  beets this weekend and lavish
 the chickies with beet tops!
I also needed a quick door for the center of the nest boxes.  I scrounged an old piece of barn board, cut it in half lengthwise, and  cut the board to the precise measurements as you will see when it's hung (hehe)


Two 4"x4" pieces of 1/4 inch plywood were cut into triangles.  These are for the corners of the door.


A bit of wood glue was applied to the rails and stiles in the corners  and the pieces were held together with clamps and brad nails


Corners plywood pieces get a generous application of wood glue....


and placed at each corner and brad nailed.  I wouldn't recommend this method to build a kitchen cupboard door, but for a quick cover to a nest box, I figured it would suffice!


I added a bit of chicken wire to the back with staples.



And with the precise measurements of the opening, a door is born.
 Unfortunately the barn board was a little shy of what I needed, but because it's a chicken hotel, I just "winged" it.


A "stunning" knob is added to the door of the cupboard.........


and for a little continuity, and that designer look, the exterior door gets a stunner  too!
The moment we have all been waiting for,
 our guests arrive!


Check out their homemade feeder.
A bucket with a lid, a plastic plant pot used for the bottom, and some chain!
 Genius!!

Holes are cut along the bottom edge for feed to seep out as needed!

A fancy water server.  Nothing but the best here at KFC!


She's looking pretty satisfied!





And one more payment for staying at the KFC....
I must apologize for the explicit picture but this is like gold!

And check out my BOGS!  They are finally being used to slosh through .....see the unmentionable pic above my Bog shot!
  Thanks again to Karen from The Art Of Doing Stuff for the opportunity to wear these beauties!


If you are in need of some quality chicken care, this coop's for you!  KFC is a step above the others, (are there any others?)
In  fact,  our guests are our first priority (and I don't mean in the deep fryer)

Oh Oh, I better go.  HGTV is at my coop door looking for a feature on
 "Lifestyles of the Rich and Feathered"

One more episode of Chicken Hotel/Daycare/Spa left.
  The name of the coop.
 The final reveal will happen as soon as I get my butt in gear and come up with a name!

Guess what!
Pursuit of Functional Home

 I was featured on my good friend JUDY"S blog.  She has a fantastic blog with amazing parties.  One of her co-hosts TAMMY, featured my Cobblestone Path and made mention of my Mom, which just made my day!

Cheers!

Party with the best at





Pursuit of Functional Home Mellywoods Mansion

12 comments:

  1. You have a weird, but wonderful idea here. A friend of mine was a housesitter for hens back in July for the owners to go away. A chicken hotel sounds like the way to go. They certainly look very happy. Though if I were a chicken, I might be a tad leery of staying at KFC!

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  2. Your guests are definitely spoilt! The KFC is really perfect and fancy!

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  3. Haha, you have a great sense of humor! I love your KFC! If I had chickens I know they'd be begging to go stay. :)

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  4. Bahahaha!!!! And I have serious chicken envy!!! I want a fresh supply of eggs so bad I can't stand it. And (shhhh...) we're not allowed to have chickens in our new 'hood, but our neighbors are hiding a coop in their garage!!!!

    -andi

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  5. If I was a chickened stay at the KFC it looks amazing!

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  6. Those chickens are never going to want to go back home. That really is the life there! This post had me giggling the whole way through ;)

    Thanks for the Halloween Blog link! Not only am I huge on Halloween, my niece is getting married on Halloween next year and asked me to help her plan her reception. I got a few really great ideas from that blog for table scapes that I am very excited to share with her now!

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  7. Very nice construction at the KFC! I especially love the spiral knobs! Wherever did you find them? Enjoy your fresh eggs.

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  8. Oh my goodness...fancy knobs, stylish colors, gourmet food! Can I come and stay at KFC when the chickens leave?? I laughed so hard reading this girl! I'd say the fact that you got eggs on your first morning is a testament to the chickens appreciation of your thoughtfulness in developing their vacay spot! Nice job!

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  9. Incredible, as for the chicken's they may not want to go back home!

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  10. Hahaha that was funny! Those chickens are having a feast! KFC easily gets a 5 star rating experience, excellent accommodations, food service and refine guest attention :)

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  11. Thank you Karen for the shout out:)

    You know I envy those chickens. It so good for them to have a spa :)

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Cheers to great words!