As it turns out, even if I spend seventy-two hours laid up in bed, mostly incoherent, my brain still doesn’t stop thinking about building things. And the thing that has been etching itself on the inside of my skull for the last few weeks is how in the hell I’m going to build a chicken coop. Which you know evolved into a chicken-coop-slash-greenhouse because why build one simple structure when you can make it twice as complicated?
The part that was eating at me was that I’ve been mostly occupied with how to build this thing fast and right. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, but this is going to be a permanent structure on the property, so I’d rather take my time building something superfreakingawesome instead of “as quick as possible.”
Like maybe I want to build a turret. Or a stone foundation. Or a drawbridge and a moat (take that coyotes).
Which puts me in quite a conundrum because I’ve got six nuggets living in my spare bedroom right now who ain’t getting any smaller…
So, in the midst of my fever delusions, I had an idea. (I know, right? The ideas I have when my braincells aren’t swooning from the heat are borderline crazy, so this should be good….) Here it is: Why don’t I build two chicken coops?
I mean, seriously what is stopping me from building two chicken coops? I have a lot of tools, a burning desire to build some stuff, and a barn that is easily 4000 square feet in which to store… basically anything. Even a spare chicken coop.
So that settles it. I’m building two coops. First, I’m going to start with a little chicken tractor and run, based on the Alexandria Coop that you may have seen on Williams-Sonoma, or on my Pinterest boards. I may or may not have $75 worth of lumber in my car right now just waiting to be assembled into this nugget box of awesomeness.
This thing costs a whopping $1500, and I’m guessing I can build it for under $300 in materials, including the wheels. I’m pretty sure I can knock it out in two weekends or less, and that will give me a couple more months to work on “the big coop” without the pressure of full-grown chickens living in the house.
And since I’m moving full-steam ahead with outdoor projects this weekend, I’m also planning to knock out half a dozen of these babies.
That’s right folks. Spring is in the air, and I’m about to get my garden on, big time. I actually saw some 1″ cedar fence boards at Lowe’s when I was buying nugget-box supplies, and at $2.50 apiece I think I can build 3×6 raised beds for around $30 each, instead of the $150 it cost me to build the ones at Memorial.
I am going to be making a lot of sawdust this weekend, and it feels so good to be back.