I Dream of Chickens…

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. — Colin Powell

I seriously doubt that General Powell was talking about building a chicken coop when he said this quote, but there has been sweat, determination, and hard work built right into the framing of this coop. For those of you who are unaware – we’re in the process of adding chickens here at the homestead. We’re excited as this is something we’ve wanted to do for a while, and was finally legalized in our city year before last due to the outspoken crowds that stormed city hall. We can keep 5 birds now.

Once it’s done, I will do a big long post that shows the whole process from start to finish… but we’re not there yet.

We have managed to do two things on this coop that I am exceptionally proud of…

1) It is made from entirely recycled/salvaged materials. We pulled all our framing lumber from a couple of house demolitions, and managed to scrounge up the rest of the materials from various places. The only materials we have purchased new are the fasteners.

2) We are taking great pride in our finished product, so we’re both on board with making the best coop we can build with what we’ve got to work with, both the most beautiful and the most functional — and it’s looking incredible. I truly can’t wait to do the step by step post and show you all what we’ve put together… Patience…

However. With all of that said – I am beat. Near Brain Dead… While the dream of this chicken coop and our own backyard flock is finally coming to fruition, the 4-6 hours of extra work a night in the rain and weather on top of teaching insane middle school students just prior to Christmas Break is beginning to take its toll.

Good news is… I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Both with work, and with the coop – it’s finally getting to the point where it’s almost there. Just a little bit more and it’s all downhill from there.


There was a HUGE bright spot in our work tonight however, we framed in the roof system and it’s up and in place… and my lovely wife made us homemade pizza. Hard work ALWAYS goes better with homemade pizza and Widmer Hefeweizen.




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