As we’ve noted many times in the past, we believe that farming is a key economic engine that will help in the quest to preserve and restore Northern New England’s architectural heritage. We’ve personally taken the first small steps in our goal to become a small-scale farmer–the chicken coop project.
Over Christmas, we took possession of 8 chicks–four Rhode Island Reds and four Plymouth Rocks. We thought that by the time it warmed up we would have built them a comfortable chicken coop. However, much to our surprise, chicks grow quickly into chickens.
At the same time, the chicken coop grew in size and complexity. The coop is 5 by 10, has four windows, is fully insulated, has a metal roof, and connects to a 10 by 10 chicken run . . . all built in the garage during the coldest months of the year. With each passing weekend, the chicks grew exponentially while the coop slowly took shape.
So if you’ve wondered why postings here have lagged over the past few months, you can blame the chicken coop project. Fortunately, we managed to get the coop done just as they were discovering that they had wings and got them out of the basement before they started roosting (and pooping) all over.
And as with any project, the costs soared above budget. The eggs shown in the picture were the first two eggs laid and were worth more than their weight in gold–about $1,000 each. Hopefully we will get enough eggs such that we will at least break-even one day . . . but even if we don’t, the ladies will certainly make-up for it in entertainment value 🙂