The Coop at Christmas

It’s my favourite day of the year.  Christmas Eve Eve.  You still have all the excitement and anticipation of Christmas without the pressure of the Christmas Eve party and the sinking feeling that comes at the end of Christmas Day.  My life has been made slightly better by the fact that I’ve decorated my chicken coop for Christmas.  It will stay decorated until after New Years.

So Christmas Eve Eve it is!  The most wonderful day of the year.

I plan to take things a little bit easy today.  I have a few things to get ready for my annual Christmas Eve party, but it’s only family so it’s not like I’m out to impress anyone.  I just want to have a warm, comfortable night where none of the adults leave crying.

I’m going to knit a little, drink some Eggnog and see if I can’t start to like wine or any other alcoholic beverage for that matter.  I used to like Cognac.  I used to have class.  Now I like Diet Coke out of the can and sometimes I suck water out of the tap.

Of course I’ll spend a small portion of the day with the chickens.  I wander out to check on them several times a day, usually when I take my coffee break, so I expect today won’t be any different.  I’ll put on my parka, pull on my Bogs and wander outside to see if there are any eggs.  Then what I typically do is go inside the run, squat down and have a little chat with the chickens.  Yes.  Yes I really do.  I can’t tell you how many times people have come wandering into my backyard to find me sitting in the run with Cuddles, the friendly chicken, in my lap, sleeping.  The chicken is sleeping.  I am not.  You can never let your guard down that much in an enclosed area with animals that can’t tell the difference between a grape and your eyeball.

If you don’t care about seeing a chicken coop all dolled up for Christmas (gasp) you can take a look at my house decorated for Christmas over the past several years.

So in an effort to make us feel like we’re spending a bit of this, my favourite holiday, Christmas Eve Eve, together, I have for you my final post until the New Year.



Chicken Coop Decorated for Christmas

Update:  These original lanterns on my coop have since been replaced with black, matte lanterns very similar to these.

Chicken Coop Decorated for Christmas

Chicken Coop Decorated for Christmas

Chicken Coop Decorated for Christmas

Chicken Coop Decorated for Christmas

Chicken Coop Decorated for Christmas


Chicken Coop Decorated for Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone.



  1. Jill says:

    Those are some seriously lucky chickens! My own home should look half so festive. Happy holidays, Karen, and may the new year bring nothing but the best for you and your flock!

  2. Marti says:

    Egg Nogg.

    CA spelling?

  3. Rebecca says:

    Have a wonderful Christmas (and Christmas Eve and Christmas Eve Eve). Thanks for all the wonderful posts this year.

  4. coralie says:

    I know it’s traditional to put rum in eggnog, but I recommend Irish Cream. I think you might like that alcoholic concoction.

    • Violet says:

      I was recently watching a holiday movie where one of the characters was given a shotglass of eggnog with cinnamon schnapps and she said it tasted like Christmas. I want to try that. It sounds like it might actually be good. (Or I could end up throwing out an entire bottle of cinnamon schnapps.)

  5. Sheri says:

    Merry Christmas!! Great last post of the year. Love that you talk to the birds. I get hassled all the time for how I talk to the animals no matter what breed they are. Once had this beautiful pheasant show up in my backyard. We “talked” for ages until perhaps I said something that disturbed him cuz off he went. I was sad!! Maybe I need to get out more!!

    Coop looks great as does your house, Have a great Christmas!

    • Nicole2 says:

      I talk to the animals all the time. I’m known as Dr. Doolittle. Either for talking to the animals or because I do little.

      I hope you and your family have a Merry Cluck Cluck Christmas, Karen, and can’t wait to read you in the New Year!!

    • Jody says:

      The Friendly Giant used to talk to a chicken. Did you watch that growing up? We live on the CA border so a watched Canadian t.v. growing up. You don’t have a giraffe do you?

  6. deborah says:

    Now that’s a swanky abode!

  7. Robyn says:

    Merry Christmas Karen!

    Your chickens sure are lucky to have an owner like you – the coop is looking very festive indeed.

  8. deanna says:

    I just happened to find your site a few months ago and really look forward to reading it as soon as I tap into my e-mails! Silly how it now seems like you’re a friend I just haven’t seen in a while! Have a wonderful, blessed Christmas – and give the fella and your beautiful chickens some extra love.

  9. Lori says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful laughs.!!
    Hoping you and your have a great Merry Christmas and a Happy New year,

  10. Jen says:

    Merry Christmas to you and the fella. Hope it is peaceful and bright. Can’t for next year’s post. 🙂 xo

  11. marilyn says:

    lucky chickens karen, great looking coop. i talk to my cat STELLA all the time..great way to vent w/o anyone talking back. no wonder my eggs tasted so great your chickens live in shangri la ! till next year then..MERRY CHRISTMAS

  12. Susan says:

    Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year to you, Karen and your Fella. And of course to your barnyard of cats, chickens, fish, squirrels and the odd chipmunk thrown in! You’re coop is just as festive as your house and those are lucky chickens! I am going to go eat a nanaimo now and savour every bite! Then I am going to sit back and read thru your posts from this past year and laugh, giggle and ooo and awww all over again. Thank you for all the wonderful entertainment ! Love Suexo

  13. Gloria says:

    Those are some uptown chickens…..

    Merry Christmas Karen!!!!

  14. Monica says:

    Thanks for a wonderful year,Karen. Your blog is one of my favorites and makes me laugh every time. Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! Enjoy!

  15. Kris says:

    Just so you know – my kids call today “Christmas Adam.” Have a wonderful Christmas!

  16. Jane says:

    Your house looks lovely, but I look at it and all I can think of is how much work it’s going to be to take it down, pack it up, and store it away. Then repeat. Mind you Karen, if that garbage bag table runner should happen to get lost at the same time, I wouldn’t be too sad. In fact I might be relieved. Happy Christmas to you and yours from Sunny Southern Manitoba.

  17. Lorraine Dean says:

    Thanks for all the belly laughs Karen.
    Have a great Christmas.

  18. Langela says:

    Merry Christmas to you, too, Karen! I love your decorations. BTW, I talk to my “girls” all the time. When they are out in the yard and they hear my voice, they all flock to my and follow me around like I’m the pied piper. Chickens are awesome!

  19. Merry Christmas to you, the Fella and the Flock!
    I pictured you asleep in the coop! before I read on..

  20. Betsy says:

    Merry Merry Christmas Karen! I hope you remind your cluckleheads everyday how lucky they are to have you….Betsy

  21. Katharine says:

    When I was a kid we used to call this day Christmas Adam. Because, you know, Adam came before Eve.

  22. Leslie says:

    Looks amazing – great job!! Country Boy wants to know if KFC stands for Karen’s Fried Chicken??

  23. Ann says:

    Merry Christmas back at ya. My chickens say cluck, cluck, cluck and why is our coop not all decorated like Cuddles is? Maybe that is why their egg laying has slowed way down. It is simply not festive enough for them out there.

  24. Mickey says:

    The chicken coop is absolutely beautiful!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours and to all who visit your website.

  25. Cheryl in Wisconsin says:

    Your family is very lucky to have such a wonderful atmosphere to relax in. Your chickens have grown to be beautiful, majestic beings. You must be so proud of them. I noticed your absence of snow, we don’t have any here right now either. I look forward to photos of the chickens in snow (once/if we get some).
    Have a great holiday.

  26. Kim says:

    I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and I will be counting the days til your next post!

  27. kelliblue says:

    Merry Merry Christmas Karen…and to your fella, the fella’s father, and your flock! 🙂

    Your chicken coop is gorgeous, and definitely looks more festive than my entire house. Hmpf.

  28. cred says:

    The coop looks lovely~ I’ve been wanting to make a swag like that for my door for the last 5 days (from our christmas tree trimmings) and I still haven’t got to it. And there you have 2, for your chickens. Puts me to shame.

    Looks fantastic~ hope your Christmas is just as lovely as your festive home.

  29. Ruth says:

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  30. Brie says:

    Merry Christmas Karen! To the fella, chickens, and kitties as well! Thank you so much for the entertainment this past year. I’m currently reviewing plans for our new coop…Seeing yours over and over is making me a bit envious of your design capabilities….. I think I may be crushing a bit. Kidding. Maybe. Anyway, have a wonderful holiday and I hope the party goes well.

  31. Bobbi says:


    Wishing you and yours the merriest of Christmases and the happiest New Year ever !!

    You bring joy to my life everyday and I can’t wait to see what our new year brings…..

    Your blog is the first thing I read everyday before my email…….gives me a smile and giggle to start my day….and sometimes I am inspired to do something you have suggested……..mostly, though, I am a lurker.

  32. Celia says:

    WOW!!! Like, that’s the sexiest chicken coop I’ve ever seen! Love the grey colour (my fave colour of the moment). It’s like a fancy club. The chickens look really healthy…and obviously well-loved!

    BTW, where did you get those tall plant pots? Want those.

  33. SK Farm Girl says:

    Merry Christmas to the Fella, the chickens and, of course, you Karen! May the season be warming to the heart, filled with family and friends and oodles of love! Glad you are taking some time off from your blog, but how will I live without my “crack candy”? LOL! To my fellow bloggers, I wish you too a wonderful holiday season – Peace and Love to all!
    PS: Karen the eggnogg with Irish Cream is trully delightful and almost as grown-up as Cognac! Cheers to all and to all a good night!

  34. Susan says:

    I’m happy to see you let your girls out of the coop to forage and stretch. I used to sit with my girls too (a stoopid mink slunk in and kilt them all years ago; I need a new coop). I LOVE chickens!

    Have a Merry Christmas and wonderful new year. Thank you for all the smiles you have brought me this year. XOXO

    • Karen says:

      Susan – I used to let them out for hours and hours. All day, if I was out there with them. Too much poop and mess. So they’re in the run with 1/2 hour jaunts outside every few days. Gonna figure something out for the spring that’s a reasonable compromise for both of us. 🙂 ~ karen

  35. Cindy Marlow says:

    Warmest wishes on this great day of Christmas Eve Eve. I want to thank you for bringing such joy and merriment to my holiday. I can’t remember when I have looked forward to seeing all the marvelous things you did to prepare for the blessed day. You are greatly appreciated (and anticipated) and I hope that this year the Christmas Day let-down is less than usual.

  36. Barbie says:

    Have a wonderful Christmas Karen! I will miss reading your blog every morning! (until after the new year I mean) I just love you! I’m pretty darn sure that if we were in the same town we’d be the best of friends! We have soooo much in common! From preferring chips to chocolate and the non like of wine and such! LOL (just never developed a taste for it) and believe me I’ve tried. It looks so good when others drink it! And I LOVE that you sit with your sweet chicken Cuddles while she sleeps! Something I would probably do if I had chickens. Thanks for all the inspiration you give me daily! I hope you have the best ever Christmas Eve Eve!

  37. Nancy says:

    Merry Christmas to you Karen, the fella, the pie Nazi, Betty, the girls and of course the kitties..Thanks to all of you for the many laughs that you have given us this year..we look forward to the next one..enjoy your well deserved vacation..we will miss you..Hugs..Nancy

  38. Susan says:

    Your house and coop look elegant and festive. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, the fella, Betty, your sister, your niece, your neighbors and the chickens. Thank you for all the laughs and wonderful crafts, recipes and advice over the past year!

  39. Lucy says:

    What lucky ducks…er, chickens. I just hope they won’t be traumatized like I was every year when all the lights and decorations had to come down and be put away. Happiest of holidays to you and the entire family. We’ve heard stories of some of them. This should be a good opportunity to get a few more.

  40. Kasia says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Karen! Like many of your readers, your blog is at the top of my to-do list each day. Thanks for that! 🙂

  41. Karen C says:

    Merry Christmas Karen
    I love the festive coop, and you are not the only one talking to animals. I can be found talking to my squirrels as I am feeding them. And I also only drink diet coke. I guess we have a few things in common. Like our name, and our mothers use to work on the switch board!-anyhow will look forward to your blog in the new year.

  42. Shauna says:

    You must clean your backyard patio daily! I clean my patio and within an hour, my chickens have already pooped all over the place and scratched up lots of dirt onto it. I would be afraid to take a picture of my patio right now;) Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

    • Karen says:

      Well … if you were taking a *picture* of your backyard you’d probably clean up a bit first. Besides, they weren’t out long so they didn’t make too much of a mess. (I do clean up after them frequently though) ~ karen!

  43. Julie shinnick says:

    Yep there is nothing like talking to the chickens. My Grandad had around 20 at one stage and I would be found in there talking to them for hours….much more entertaining than listening to the adults…..
    Merry Christmas to all!

  44. Mindy says:

    Christmas Eve Eve is my birthday. Which means today is my birthday. Which means you’re celebrating my birthday as the best day of the Christmas holiday. Thanks for taking the time to care. :o)
    If I wasn’t knocked up, I’d drink your portion of wine that you don’t like at my KID-FREE (can you feel my excitement) dinner out with The Dad.
    Merry Christmas Eve Eve!

  45. Melissa says:

    Karen, I’m only a recent disciple- er, I mean follower of your blog, but I’ve enjoyed your posts. Per the inclination of others today, I am going to wish you and the fella (and your respective loved ones) a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. And damn! chickens never had it so good!!! Cheers!

  46. Tabitha says:

    I love that it’s decorated! So cute!

  47. Merry Christmas, Karen! I must tell you that I did your whole ‘get all the work done by December 4th pledge” thingy and I thought I got it all done but I learned an important lesson…when you have 3 kids…nothing is ever “done” in December. I think I am still stressed as ever. And still running around trying to get more done (cooking, baking and getting the table ready for Christmas dinner and such). PLUS…the husband decides on some last minute shopping and wants ME to wrap!

  48. Thera says:

    I rarely drink either, but I did grab a bottle of Bailey’s. I add it to General Mills Swiss Mocha coffee, (prepared by personal preference with milk and/or sugar) and topped with whip cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a maraschino cherry! The Coop looks amazing, love your posts and blog, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  49. Ginny says:

    And my fella thinks I’m weird because he gets presents from our cats! Love how you decorated the coop to go along with the rest of your yard. Those are some lucky chickens! Hope you, your fella and all of your family have a wonderful Christmas! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in the new year!

  50. ev says:

    Merry Christmas Karen! Just came inside from combing my wet hair out on the deck whilst visiting with my kitties. They seem to always know when I step out for a minute. So what if it’s 28 degrees? Having 11 adults and 3 kiddie over tomorrow. I’m beat. Love having a short visit with my kitties–it restores me! Thanks for a great blog–I look forward to it so much!

  51. Dionne Trifiro says:

    If I lay some eggs will you decorate a tree for me too!

  52. Chris says:

    christmas eve eve is one of my favorite days also – as well as new year’s eve eve. and i thought i was alone! that’s some chicken coop you’ve got there. merry christmas!

  53. Katie says:

    Love the photos – chickens are so photogenic! 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  54. kate says:

    Merry merry Christmas! Lovely pictures…what a wonderful place for the chickens to call home!

  55. taria says:

    All about Karen’s coop the girls were bragging up the fine decor! That is really pretty. You are going to spoil them. Best wishes for happy holidays and a great new year to you and yours Karen.

  56. Liz says:

    My Dad, among many other things, was a master carpenter and beef farmer. While you visit your chickens, he would visit his cattle. Good news or bad – anything that touched him emotionally – would eventually find him in the barn, talking to his cows. The cows are gone now, so his dog gets an earful!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours – including your chickens!

  57. michelle says:

    christmas eve eve is my favorite day of the year for that very same reason. everything is ready and i have time to relax before the craziness ensues..the calm before the storm. didn’t even read my blogs yesterday!

    i wish you and the fella and the chickens, cats and extended family a very merry christmas and a happy new year. i look forward to seeing what you come up with in 2012!

  58. Kristin says:

    Aw, your favorite day just happens to be MY birthday! How sweet. I stopped by your blog today to steal your fella’s quote about drinking for the holidays… maybe you could consider it a birthday gift to me? Have a happy Christmas!

  59. Chau says:

    Hi Karen, those are some lucky chickens. May they continue lay golden eggs for you year round because for the life of me I can’t justify how on earth they deserve such special treatment. In my belief (buddhist influential that is) they must had done some awesome things in their last lives to earn such privilege in this live. Merry Christmas my favorite blogger!

  60. Traci says:

    Merry merry Christmas Karen, the fella, chickens and commenters!!!

  61. Merry Christmas Karen, Fella, Chickens and all your visitors… I really enjoyed your blog and the laughs…

  62. Gayla T says:

    All the hoopla was on Friday night at my house so it’s nice and quiet, just me, the dogs, cats and birds. Even the cats have declared a peace treaty for now. Usually they at least curse as they pass by one another. You have the right idea about just chilling. I’ll remember this Christmas as the year of the poop. My oldest grand and I were buxy with last minute details and putting the ham and a couple of side dishes in the oven when I smelled something and it wasn’t pine scent. I had given the dogs a nice treat of canned dog food which they never get and it made them sick and it hit all of them at once. I was running around with paper towels and disinfectant spray while she was cooking. I finally found I had to get the carpet shampooer out. It went on for two hours and then I had to bath them to clean up the south ends. I’m not a drinker either but I did chug a glass of Lesa’s wine at one point just to give me the strength not to just call everyone and tell them not to come so I could go to bed and cry. When my daughter got here early she walked in and said,”Gosh the house smells good”. Evidently all the sprays, cleaning stuff and lit candles did the trick. I’m too old for that mess and so this peace and quiet is well earned. I think I’ll just sit here and wait until you post after Jan 1. I hope you, the fella, cat and chikens have a great time. Loads of love and appreciaton from Kansas.

  63. Laura says:

    I hope you’re enjoying your couch & jammies today like I am 🙂 Can’t wait for the new year – I’m hooked on your blog, or maybe it’s a feeling. Might be the chickens!

  64. Nicola Cunha says:

    Thanks for sharing your hardships, crazyships and relationships with us! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog!
    Happy New Year’s!

  65. bethkay says:

    I found your blog tonight & was enjoying it at first (you are hilarious) then I discovered that you have chickens – that bumped you up to YOU ROCK!!

    • Karen says:

      Bethkay – Hah! You scared me there. Thought you were going to say you liked my blog at first then discovered you hated me because (… insert random reason here). Glad you found the site and my chickens! ~ karen

  66. Cindy Irene says:

    Oh my goodness! I pinned your coop before and then I found this decked out for Christmas, I’m in love! Could you share how you built the coop? We’re getting ready to get Chickens and I’d love to see more photos of it. 🙂

    Cindy in Oregon

    • Karen says:

      Cindy – All the photos I have of the build are on the site. There are a couple of posts on it if you search “coop”. I’m afraid I don’t have any building plans for the coop, I just did it sort of from the ground up and hoped for the best. I had an idea of what I wanted and the size, etc. but … I’m afraid it would take much more than a blog post to teach someone how to build a coop. 🙁 If you’re in any way handy at all and you have some help you can do it yourself but it’s a LOT of work. A LOT. If you want the same basic idea as mine, I’d show the picture to a local handyman and ask what he’d charge. But be warned, the materials alone were around $1000, so to have someone build it would end up being quite expensive. One way to cut down the cost is not to side it like I did. (I used 1 x 8 spruce to side the entire coop and run) The more materials you can salvage the cheaper it’ll be. I was in a rush and had to get it done as soon as possible, so I didn’t have time to source our salvaged wood. Good luck and let me know if you have any specific questions. ~ karen!

  67. rktrixy says:

    Those are some happy chickens! With hay, and apples, and some greens. A little grit. Some cheery lights. That’s great. Thanks for posting this little bit of happy!

  68. Christie Thomas says:

    Hi Karen,
    Thanks for all of the great chicken posts! I’m wondering what kind of lights you use inside your coop?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Christie – In the winter I use a regular energy efficient light in the lower part of the coop (the run) and a heat lamp in the upper portion. It certainly doesn’t heat the coop but it keeps it warm enough to help prevent frostbite on their combs. ~ karen!

  69. Christie Thomas says:

    Thanks, Karen 🙂

  70. Gorgeous coop! I love that you decorated it for the girls. Merry Christmas!

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