Step Two: Insert Chickens

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I mentioned our new inclination towards eventually becoming farmers a while back, but I haven’t followed up with the steps we’ve been taking to get there. The fermentation babies were one step in learning how to be self-sufficient. Making gluten free cakes is another, in a roundabout, products-I-would-like-to-eventually-sell-at-a-Farmer’s-Market kind of way.

But there are bigger projects, too.

Like the community garden plot we acquired in early July. We have basil and squash and okra and amaranth and watermelon plants bursting with vitality and (hopefully) soon their delicious goods. I need to remember to grab my camera next time we head that way and do a post all about them.

And as of Monday, we now have chickens. Building the coop was a two-week long, weekend-devouring project that has hammered in the fact that I am useless around power tools. Less useless now that I’ve been forced to handle one, but generally still useless. I am quite comfortable with building doors, though, and stapling chicken wire to frames.

My wife, thankfully, is a lot better at building things and coming up with plans of attack. This is good to know.

Over the course of two weeks, we built the below coop and run with the aid of power tools and quite a few friends.

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From all this, I’ve learned that:

1) building anything takes three times as long as you expect and

2) it’s not worth wasting your time if you don’t have the proper tool to do it and

3) crooked is okay. Crooked is fine. And

4) building materials are not exactly cheap and

5) if you think the task is simple, you will discover three ways it is not and

6) measure twice, cut once is Holy Construction Law for a reason and

7) drinking lots of water is mandatory and

8) friends love hard manual labor but

9) you should definitely feed them in return for their help.

Yet even having to learn all that we managed to build this coop with our own two (four six eight) hands, with a construction plan that evolved with the space and the time, and it’s sturdy and it’s kinda cute and now, it’s full of chickens.

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