200 year-old house on 25 rocky acres in high country upstate NY and SO many highbush blueberries!
Monday, May 17, 2010
The Coop - I Was Surprised Again
On Saturday I posted that there was only one more thing to do to finish putting the chicken coop together, but that I may still have a nasty surprise waiting for me. The last task was to measure, cut and attach the hardware cloth. Here's a picture mid-measuring.
It turns out that there was indeed a nasty surprise in the wings that I discovered when I pulled out the fasteners. I have nothing that can drive these. No drill attachment, no socket, no crescent wrench. Nothing.
So I had to make an emergency trip to the hardware store to buy a 5/16" nut driver, something I have never needed in almost 20 years of owning and working on various homes. And a trip to the hardware is not a quick trip for someone who lives in the woods. Bleh!
It turned out that a short trip away from the 'stead was a good idea. The dogs, the goats and me all got a chance to practice what it feels like when mommy drives away while the goats are out. I didn't expect the goats to be so upset by me leaving! The dress rehearsal helped though - this morning's departure went well.
The rest of yesterday was uneventful. I finished the coop and put the chickens into the roost part of the coop. Here's the dogs being verrry interested.
An hour later the chickens hadn't come out and Desmond and Maggie got tired of waiting.
Since there was nothing to see with the chickens, I went to watch the goats.
Eventually I came back and manually moved the chickens out of the roost. They're happy! When evening came and it began to get darker, they started to get a little upset, waiting to go back to their old coop. I had to physically take each chicken and show her how to go up the ramp into the roost. We're all still learning! This time, the lesson was for me, the chickens and the dogs.
After a tremendous amount of work in the past few weeks, and a big weekend of adjustment for the dogs, goats, chickens and me, I can begin to see how the new pattern is going to settle in. It feels like those cartoons where the character morphs into another shape, but during the transition, the character is all sorts of weird sticky-outy shapes. That's what the past few weeks have been for us here. I'm still tense, relatively speaking, but I can see the peace on the horizon.