True stories of a small flock of remarkable individuals -- and other critters.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Build a Coop in THREE HOURS?

Heck, why not?  
Terry Golson and I thought we'd give it a shot.

She recently ordered a batch of fresh new chicks, and is hoping their delivery will coincide with one of her hens going broody.  
She needed a little coop to house the chicks and their new mom. 
We only had three free hours to get the job done.   
I was up for the challenge. 
Marky and I tumbled into Terry's back yard with our big bag of power tools, and everyone got down to business.
Lily ran circles around Marky, Terry brewed a big pot o' joe, and I sketched a coop plan on paper, based on the materials Terry had to work with.

2 steaming cups coffee,
1 busted old go-cart,
1 slightly rusty bunny cage,
2 cups assorted drywall screws.

With saber saw on medium speed, 
chop go-cart into manageable pieces
and random chunks.

Using any means imaginable,  
affix go-cart pieces to rabbit cage, 
and sprinkle generously with drywall screws.

Stand back and sip coffee liberally.
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Terry and I performed our coop-creating feat before a large audience:
Lily, Scooter and Marky feigned interest until they each nodded off and tipped over on the warm sunny lawn.
Candy and her flock lined up to observe.. but what really captivated them was the grass seed that Terry had sown on the opposite side of their fence, just out of reach.

The goats, Pip and Caper, were mesmerized by the entire performance. Man, those boys are easily thrilled.

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The result of our labors:

a little broody coop in 3 hours!

....and with a bit of paint, 


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But wait-- there's more!
where TERRY is telling this very same story,
in HER own special style.
(and see her critters, in real-time)