I had started on the next project of our developing homestead; the obligatory chicken coop. That was easier said than done, since I have never before undertaken such a large project, meaning the construction of a coop, large enough to house a chicken population, large enough to sustain the five of us, in a nordic climate with a next to zero budget. Talk about a challenge....
But now all that scrounging of materials came together. The pallets I collected became the floor and the inside wall and roof, the pile of wood planks collected april last year was largely turned into walls and roof and the load of roof tiles my son and I got in the summer of 2015 topped it all literally. All of this came together and became a chickenhouse. Yes, house. If I add a small stove, a bed, a chair and a table one could live there. Smallscale, but still....
So I happily started tinkering, sawing and hammering away. I had no real fixed plan, other than using the pallets as the floor, erect walls around it, put on a roof and have a door and 2 windows in the south facing front. The size of the planks did not exactly match the size of the floor, leaving small gaps in between. But that was quite ok, since I wanted the chicken coop to match the style of the house. I was planning on adding extra slats anyway. But now I needed to fill in the gaps and lo and behold.... we had a few bags of mineral wool, which we.... surprise, surprise.... we got for free.
|What the hell did I get myself into this time???|
|Errr.... this goes in here somewhere???|
And then, while I was happily tinkering, it happened; we were offered 7 free roosters! But we had to come and get them fast. Almost immediately after that I came across someone selling hens from the breed we wanted in varying ages and we arranged for us to go and get 6-8 of them at the end of the same week as we were going to get the roosters. Now the pressure was on! We had about 1 week to get it all done!
|On top of things...|