He had a vision. I had a vision. But he was building it. So I kept my mouth shut.
It started off simply enough- we agreed to 3 chickens. Both of us were bitten by chicken math pretty early on. As any good builder knows (at least in our case ), you put your plans together, and then you build bigger than you think you really need.
That meant I could get more chickens. So then we planned on 6. And he built bigger.
His vision was a chicken tractor that looked like a barn. The upside to a tractor is that they are mobile, which means you can move them around your yard, making clean up easier, whilst giving your chickies fun things to do in the grass.
Once it was finished, we moved it into place on the other side of the yard, next to the garden.
Long story short, we needed to add a run. And probably another nighttime roost. Plans for a silo to attach to one side were discussed and pondered. Materials for a run were acquired. Research was ongoing, and my “wouldn’t that be nice” list continued to grow.
My big concern has been predators. While I don’t think we’re going to get bears and coyotes in the backyard, I couldn’t emphasise enough how devastated I would be (never mind the kids!!) if something got in and took off the heads of my chickies and scooped them out one handful at a time. More research was done.
This morning, he says to me, “I really ought to just build something else entirely.” Can you see the jaw drop and the eyes bugging out of my head in sheer delight? (clap clap clap) So, we designed and priced, and off they went to get materials.
We moved the barn tractor back to the other side of the yard, so they can build in place. While I’m going to miss our little barn and its features, it’s going to a *very* good home.
I know that last one is redundant, but I can’t take enough pictures of the chickies!
Round 2 is well under way. The two oldest are out there (yes, in the 100 degree heat) pre-drilling holes and screwing things down. My oldest dd is more inclined to this kind of work than my son is, which is interesting. I think the only thing he really likes building is computers.
Let the round two chicken fun begin!