Not yet a chicken coop.
As it turns out, getting chicks is by far the cheapest and easiest part of having chickens. Turns out you also need food, bedding, water, and, best of all, a COOP. It also turns out that pre-made chicken coops are really freaking expensive. So, naturally, we decided to build one. It ended up only taking us about 18 hours of work total (although that was split over 3 weekends, due to rain and family visits and stuff).
Jim inspects the safety gear to make sure everything is in order.
Jim helps Noah measure wood.
Noah unsuccessfully attempts to show Jim how the hammer works.
Just proving that I WAS there.
I was totally there, so you know. And I was even helpful, contrary to Noah's expectations. The division of labor was roughly as follows.
- Noah - In charge of lifting heavy objects, cutting things with terrifying saws, and hammering the hard parts.
- Leah - In charge of reading the directions and hammering the short nails.
- Jim - In charge of bug consumption.
First day's work complete!
And here's where we skip to the final product, since I neglected to get any more midpoint pictures.
Note that we are all looking the same direction AND smiling - a first!
We did a good job, no? It looks very chicken-coop-y. We just moved the chickens out this past weekend (and I gave myself several kinds of cancer using bleach to clean out the bathroom they were in), and they appear to be very satisfied tenants. It's amazingly satisfying to build a thing with your own hands and see it being used for its intended purpose.