Coop Updates #Chickens #Gardening

I have to say thank you to my husband who took a week off to finish building this coop.  This has been the hardest physically taxing week for me in a long time.  My husband is not a construction guy but a maintenance guy who fixes appliances etc.  But with that comes an ability to envision and just build.  He built the roof to steep so when it came time to add the shingles he was stumped, 'my bad' he said.  I came up with the idea of using a plank type walk to add the shingles as far up as possible before the task of literally climbing and hanging and applying.  It was only close to 100 this day and we were a dripping mess from sun up until we fell onto the couch around 7:00pm.

See that cute little thing around his waist, my apron served as his tool belt.  I was shocked to learn he does not own a tool belt.  You have been a maintenance guy for almost 28 years, you can go and buy whatever you need with a company card and you don't buy yourself a damn tool belt?  Man I would have me a tool belt.  

Forgive the quality here, it was so humid.  He made his way up and now the hard part started.  He literally hung himself over and began adding the shingles.  You listen to a grown man cry in pain for a few hours?  It was pretty tough but he would not come down until he finished this.  With the stunt here standing up he almost fell off the roof, I was a bundle of nerves.  

Yesterday we worked on building the boxes and started adding the wrap.  
Now my job is to finish up inside and get my tushy out side and start adding the siding.  I get to measure and cut the wood too, I am excited to contribute.  Dave is going to build the windows today and put the doors on.  So far this has cost us under $25.00!    We are now hustling to find fencing for the run. The chickens will be  let out into the run for about two weeks to get use to their new home, after that they will be free range during the day when I am outside.

Today it is in the high 60's this morning, Hallelujah!!! 

April DecheineAbout April Decheine

April ran away from Suburbia to live life more sustainably with her husband. The kids are all grown but return quite often. She is a little city mixed in with Martha Stewart like smarts. She is an ex IT downsized Corporate gal. Follow her as she learns all the Green Acres chores on her 40 acre farm while introducing her readers to products she believes in.


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