Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

two weeks old, expanded coop

Two weeks old, expanded brooder box taking up more space, still in the living room!

How much coop would  twenty chicks pick


If the chick – chicks could pick a coop?

How many nests would twenty chicks pick,

If the chick- chicks could pick nests?

How many roosts would twenty chicks pick,

If the chick- chicks could pick roosts?

Clover, Bee, and Revery

Reverie (revery) –(n.) state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea

 

These are the questions!  Steve has read, consulted with friends and family members who have had chickens, and planned.  He’s decided that an 8 x 10 coop will be what he will build.  He wants it to be about a foot off the ground to keep critters like raccoons and skunks and groundhogs out!  He also wants to  have one end be a storage area to keep the feed and supplies.

Sleeping on top of the waterer!! These chicks need a home!

Sleeping on top of the waterer!! These chicks need a home!

Practicing roosting on a broom handle in the  brooder box!

Practicing roosting on a broom handle in the brooder box!

He rounded up some help from some former co-workers, his brother and our son.  The first task was clearing the area behind the garage where lots of  “junk” mulberry trees had grown up.  Thanks to our young stud son, Nate, and his chain saw, all the trees were cut down lickety split.  The three

“old folks” – Steve, Uncle Mike and I could barely keep up with the loading of tree branches onto the trailer!  Next came the drilling of holes for cementing treated 4 x 4 piers into the ground.  Again, thanks to Nate’s help,  this was accomplished in an evening.

Posts and frames for raised coop 8 x 12

Posts and frames for raised coop 8 x 12

The next day,   Steve’s former co-worker Mitch, came over to help build the coop.  He had experience in building and what a slave driver!!  They worked all day and into the evening the first construction day and got the floor and the front and back wall done.  Steve, I am sure, would much rather have quit several hours sooner!!

Wall framing and floor in

Wall framing and floor in

Friends John and Mitch Mitch hammering, John "supervising" due to a torn shoulder!

Friends – Mitch hammering, John “supervising” due to a torn shoulder!

Usually, I would have been out there cutting and hammering with the rest, but I had already started my own project – stripping 25-year-old wallpaper off the bathroom walls and repainting.  This project became quite a job, as the walls were new when wallpapered and though sized, had never been  painted!  So- o o -, I  spent a whole week scrapping wet wallpaper off in small pieces, with my fingernails and a razor knife.  Then lots of spackling and patching, before painting.  The bathroom has to be the hardest room to redo, with all the things that have to be taken off the walls, and all the little spaces and corners and edges.

Plywood walls going up.

Plywood walls going up.

So as Steve worked on the coop outside, and I stripped wallpaper and sanded spackling inside, the house became more and more of a train wreck – chickens in the living room, vegetable plants growing under lights  in the back room,  dirt and grass tracked in, wallpaper specks and spackling dust tracked downstairs and two worn out retirees too tired and sore at night to clean up!

I was able to help with the coop building by being the gofer for wood and supplies at the hardware store.  I managed to turn one of those trips turned into a fiasco when I had all the wood pulled for me and then realized I’d come without my debit card!  This meant a trip back home with an empty trailer, then back to the hardware store!

Meanwhile, Pete and Laurie have decided to get more chickens and build a chick tractor coop, the kind that can be moved around the yard so the chickens don’t tear up one area of the ground.  They are using a more open design with chicken wire, hardware cloth. metal roof, and a run sort of inside the “tractor”.  They decided they wanted more chickens after talking to friends who said if you have 5 already, having 12 or 15 doesn’t add much work.  Their plan is to buy some adult hens from a friend to add to their flock.

Matthew 4

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.

26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.

27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching,

29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

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