Monday, October 15, 2012

Homesteading It.

We have embarked on something that we didn't plan.  Although it isn't surprising with our very independent natures.  It started with the idea to get chickens to lay us eggs.  I bake so much and we love to eat eggs, so it just made sense.  We have enough room out here so we figured we'd start small and get 5 and see if we liked it.

Scott built the coop with some ideas from the interwebs and mostly materials that we had laying around.  There are some things that don't work very well about it, but they chickens seem to like it in there.  There are  4 nesting boxes in the back, but the silly things cram all into one of them.

Turns out.....we LOVE having the chickens.  All of us love it!  And just this past week they finally started laying us eggs!!!!  Now we've been clamoring to build a much much bigger coop so we can get more!

It has been heartbreaking to see all the poultry for sale on craigslist and not be able to buy them because we didn't have anywhere to put them.  So we are taking ideas from the interwebs again and building a pallet coop.  We have little to no construction experience so we are slowly fumbling our way through it.

It doesn't help that the way I tackle a project and the way my husband tackles a project are completely opposite.  I want to jump right in without a plan and start putting stuff together.  He wants to know every step before he starts and every angle.  There may be some friction there.

However, I help keep him moving forward and he keeps me from going to fast and not having things last or look like crap.

The pallet coop is costing us nearly nothing and is half up!  Hoping this week we can get a roof on it and we can introduce our 5 chickens to their giant new home.

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