ANYHOW... We are very lucky our landlord is intrigued by the Urban Chickens movement, and let us keep them here. AND, there was already an overly tall doghouse-type out-building in the yard. I have been determined to purchase VERY little new material for the project. That defeats much of the purpose. :)
Ugly, old, tall... USEFUL!
Woman, you crazy...
This is how it looked for a week! The dead doghouse is just beyond, and to the left of the boat Ian and I lifted and moved over ourselves... We had wanted the coop to go in front of the boat so we wouldn't have to look at it anymore (It's not ours) But, the massive rain showed us a nasty low point in the yard there which filled with about 6 inches of water at times.. So, clearly, this would not work out well. I sadly, grumpily, moved the site forward and just adjacent to the garden.
Can we go home now?
Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... This is how it looked for a whole day.. While I built and re-built parts upon discovering they wouldn't work out as planned. Working with scrap wood and found materials was like GIANT Jenga that matters. It was very frustrating and tiring. But, I thought every angle through pretty hard. London managed herself very well most of the time. Thanks, kid.. very handy of you!
A FLOOR!!! And, nest box! This moment was MONUMENTAL. I had been working things out on paper and in my head for an eternity and it occurred to me to do this first. This was followed by more rain. So, by Easter I dragged this beast in and out of the garage another 3-4 times and FINALLY the weekend after Easter I had helpers... and got
this.... Thanks, Ian.
and this.... Thanks Mom and Ben
And, even PAINT! Thanks Dad!
You'll have to wait for the rest... It's my bedtime. :)