When tragedy strikes your life as it did ours last August with the death of our son, priorities immediately need a re-grouping. Some projects or goals just seem to lose the “importance factor” that they once had. Our chicken coop, although way behind schedule, was not a project that could be dumped as we had new hatchlings ready to inhabit the expansive new home and run.
Below is a video of the project to about 80% complete.
New Coop 2.0 2016 from Stephen Luckett on Vimeo.
Here are a few pictures of the completed yard and moving the hens from the old coop to join the new family of hens.
We only finished one side of the run, but as the weather breaks in the next few weeks, we will get out and build the other side of the run. With a double run system, we can always keep one side growing in fresh fodder. Hopefully this will keep our hens happy and laying eggs for us on a regular basis.
Just one little note, be very careful if you are going to have two roosters in an enclosed area. You could wake up to this!
Neither rooster died, but you could not tell it from the amount of blood all over the coop.
Although our priorities have changed and we are not as intent on our homesteading life, I intend to keep writing about our life here in suburbia. As a follower of Christ, God put man in charge of the gardens and the soil that abundance may grow to sustain our earthly life. We will do, as instructed by Him, including maintaining our greenhouse, aquaponic gardens, and apiary.
Genesis 2:15 “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. ”
I have always considered myself a Christian, being raised in the Baptist Church, but I have lost sight of what it means to be a true follower. His expectations are simple of me: Love Him, walk away from sin, and grow His Kingdom. These are now my priorities, sustaining life on this world while building up my treasures in Heaven. (Matthew 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal)