My cattlemen husband has always known of my love for yard birds/hen layers/feathered friends/cluckers or whatever name you might know them by...... but you see, he grew up with a father that despised the things (much unlike my Dad) who has continued to keep them. When hubbies parents bought the home place in Iowa the first thing- and I repeat first thing his dad did--- Tear down the Chicken shed......Yep- you read that right. I of course was appalled the first time I heard this story (and the many times since) as I am reminded about it from his family anytime we visit or I mention my feathered friend dream.
Over the past several years anytime the kids have asked what sort of gift I want for a holiday (Christmas, Mother's Day, Birthday) my response has been - Chickens! They got to the point where they would ask but say it 'Mom- we know you want Chickens- but what else?' Otherwise read as- you aren't getting them so give us another idea of something you might like......
Several years ago my parents cleaned out part of their barn and hauled over my old feeders from bygone 4-H days.... They have been stored here just waiting for a time they could be used.....
Junk Gypsy paint in Cornbread. Why am I painting feeders if I have NO chickens???
Well......Cattlemen decided this was the year to make it happen for my birthday-- Y*E*S!!!!! I immediately start thinking of cute factor and he starts measuring and calculating how many supplies we will need. First things first- Clean Out Old Shed..... 15+ years of 'stuff'/'projects'/things waiting to happen = large burn pile.
Day 2- Invite Brother over.... ;-) Extra drill, two extra hands = a lot of help!!! Walls went up for the 3 pen areas.
I of course contemplated painting them- but chose not to.
After wall braces we added the wire separating the pens.
Day 3- This shows up! I have them 'drop' it as close to the pens as possible since I would be the one hauling it in the pens.
Good golly- this picture makes it look like a small mound of sand- It really started around 4/5' tall.... I shoveled and wheel barrowed into each pen filling with several inches of sand (that was my workout for the day!) and smoothing out just enough. We weren't expecting quite that much- but we will surely find other uses for it (garden beds maybe?) and haul it where it needs to go.
Next - part of the 'cute' factor.... Cattlemen was all set to build doors for each pen- made from 1x6's-- they would have been stout to say the least. Well, I've had a certain screen door in a shed
Door 1- White Pen
Door 2- the First one I brought out-
The Red Pen
This door was on the house I grew up in and when my parents re-modeled this creamy colored screen door came off and was stored in this shed. It now serves a new purpose and has a new color!
Remember those galvanized little feeders I had been holding onto? Well..... they have to match their pens is why I chose the paints that I did! The Cornbread yellow is for the 'white' pen- which will have yellow accents!
Next comes another part of the 'cute' factor.... I've been saving a few nesters back for the time that we had chickens on this place.....If you've ever been to the Barn Sale or have seen photos from it then you know I paint these with cute sayings. I have always said the chicks could eat and sleep in style- Well, I have them painted to coordinate with their pen- but I'm stuck! I cannot come up with the sayings for my own chick roost! That being said- feel free to send me some ideas!
Texas Trash and Treasurers and I could not resist the cute arrow signs- at the time I had no idea where I would hang them.... Low and behold I found the perfect place....
And last but not least- when we visited the sweet man (photo above) to see his chickens pre us getting ours he had something I wanted and knew we would need one. A scale to weigh eggs- a Vintage Scale to weigh the eggs.
So there you have it- a 15 year dream that came to fruition in a very short amount of time and one very happy birthday girl- along with some kiddos that are loving it too!!
More chicken adventures to come.....
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