Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Gift

I started asking for a chicken coop well over a year ago, and I'm finally really close to actually having chickens! Brad, the sweet thing that he is, "gave" me a coop for Valentine's Day last year. But it never showed up. Then, he "gave" me a coop again for my birthday in July. But it never showed up. (I knew better this time; July is very busy around here.) Over the holidays, I finally saw some progress on the much anticipated chicken coop: Brad brought an old dog pen to the back yard and put a door on it. Fast forward to this week, and I really got my coop!! How exciting. It's not actually at the house, but it's two windows and some screen away from being ready!

It was worth the wait! Brad and I looked up some chicken coop ideas on the internet, and he took what we found and added his own stuff -- with the help of one of the guys. I wish I had the creative brain Brad has. He decided to build the house tall with an elevated house for the chickens but enclosed on the bottom so that we would have a place to store feed and supplies. The back of the house has a lower door to access the storage, an upper door to access the roosting area for cleaning, and a hinged lid over the laying boxes. I don't know all the proper terminology, but you know, it's really nice!


The back of the house with the laying boxes. This part will be accessible from outside the fenced area.


The opening of the house that will have a ramp. They're going to put windows on the sides.

I'll have to take some more pictures when it's all finished and we're live! We're going to start with a couple or three hens and see how it goes. It can't be that hard, right?

4 comments:

Linsey said...

JEALOUS. That's what I am. What's so stinky about a couple of chickens?!? I can't get Ben to cave....

I am still waiting for shelves in the closet for a pantry - I have "received" them for valentine's day, anniversary, birthday, and valentine's day again. Still no shelves....

Trey said...

why don't you come on down to Fitzgerald and steal a couple that we have running around down town. They already enjoy the city life!!

The View From A Saddle said...

If you ever want some... Tamara and Bruce across the street always have chickens. they try to give a lot of them away

Jen O'Daniel said...

I love it. Only you. This cracks me up!