(This view was taken last summer)
I'm super excited to report that construction on the chicken fortress has officially begun! Yay!
We'll ignore, for the moment, that it has taken us an entire year of planning and what's beginning to look like enough money to finance a small country for a year.
I'll spare you all the gory details, however, suffice it to say my husband, bless his heart, tends toward over-analysing. He can research 'til the cows come home, are milked, fed, and sold to market.
Me, I'm more the drill sergeant type. Needless to say, our styles have a tendency to clash.
But, here we are and plans have finally be agreed upon (even if I think the coop is going to be too small) and renovations are underway on an existing outbuilding.
Said outbuilding, much like our beloved 100 year old home, doesn't have a square corner or a single consistency and that, in all fairness, was one of the stumbling blocks to the start of construction.
When it's all done, it'll be equal parts fortress and palace. Fully insulated against our frigid winter conditions, with lots of ventilation and ample sunlight, they'll also have access to a run that will protect against gale force winds, provide their choice of sun or shade, and *fingers crossed* protect them from predators.
While The Frenchman is doing that, I'm reading up on and studying chicken husbandry so I'm ready to hit the ground running when our ladies arrive. Lisa Steele at Fresh Eggs Daily has been a huge source of information and clarification. She was even gracious enough to answer a question I e-mailed her about privately.
We still have a long way to go before it's ready for occupancy, however, we plan to bring a few pullets home in early summer.
I can't wait! It'll be (another) dream come true!