Wednesday, May 18, 2011

nesting (literally)...


After lots of discussion, much excitement and plenty of paperwork preparations are under way for the arrival of four baby chicks in just under two weeks. Last October, the city we live in passed an ordinance allowing households to apply for a permit to keep up to six hens (no roosters) and we were smitten with the idea of chickens and fresh eggs. Lots went on in our home between then and now but as soon as we knew we were staying here for good we picked up where we left off in the application process. There were lots of hoops to jump through and we are in the final stage which is to build the coop to city specifications and have it approved by the health inspector. We are building this coop (reversed and slightly larger) with bare bones plans and are still searching for just the right used windows. I started staining the frame dark slate grey yesterday and am loving the way it looks in the yard. The chicks will live in a brooding box in the laundry room (which is fully tiled for easy clean up) for the first six weeks which gives us plenty of time to make their coop solid, predator proof and gorgeous. I'll be sure to share photos of the four little sweeties once they arrive and can only say that the excitement level around here is growing daily and that name selection is almost finalized. It's rainy and cold today which is the perfect time to get back in the studio and work on two pieces I started over the weekend. Have a lovely week and I'll see you here Friday.

4 comments:

nacherluver said...

How fun!

Carole said...

I am so jealous!!! Lucky you!!! The city allows chickens here too but hubby doesn't want them. Maybe I'll get a goat instead......then he'll agree to chickens!

artslice said...

How exciting... this is going to be so fun for your kids! (and grown-ups too.)

Janice La Verne said...

i have lots of friends with chickens. i love their reptilian feet and their feathers. my niece has a chicken named "Maple" who is so tame and loves to be held....
yea! chickens!
interesting I am allergic to eggs!