Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Chicken Coop Build!

We originally planned on keeping an existing structure on the property and converting it to a chicken coop.  After we took the siding off, cleaned it out, and started to look at the bones of the structure it became clear that salvaging it would take a lot of money, time, and the finished product would still be lacking stability.  

So... we tore it down!

Then we made a HUGE fire and burned the debris.  The fire was so big it actually attracted attention from the road due to the huge column of black smoke.  Here in Virginia you can burn trash, wood, yard waste, and pretty much anything else that does not release harmful chemicals into the air.  This practice is still a bit weird for two lifetime Californians who were never encouraged to burn anything for fear of burning their entire neighborhood down.   I have to admit to feeling a little nervous about the whole thing even though we had called the fire department (like we were told to do) to let them know we would be burning so they could put us on the "Burn List."  

This past weekend we started off building the coop.  Thanks to Sharlene and Frank, who have so generously devoted many a weekend to helping us get this Farmette up and running, we nearly completed the basics.  

Here are some photos of the day!

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