Last week we received a phone call from a lady at church. Would we like some chickens? She had bought a few chickens at Easter and now they were getting too big for her house.
Ahhh ummmm sure...we will take your chickens.
Honestly, Michael and I debated about chickens a few months ago. Was it worth it? Did the outlay of cost balance against the eggs? Could we protect them out here in the wilds of Maryland?
Okay... but they are free chickens. Ha ha ha! No such thing as a free chicken.
We headed to the lumber store, got the children gathered and started on our extensive chicken coop.
Each one of them wanted to participate in building our monument of living in the country.
Thayne loves to measure and mark!
Michael always concentrates so hard. I love this about him. Makes me smile.
Maliea was holding up the frames and Chaiya took her turn at screwing boards together.
Not quite ready for the chicken wire yet, it is going to take a few more hours of work.
Obviously we are building for more than just two chickens. The Mennonites down the way have plenty for sale and we will probably pick up some more.
Keep up the concentration boys. Those screws need just the right placement.
Okay big kids...quite texting and get back over here. The sun was going down and we still have a lot to do. Michael is going to cut out the doors, vent holes etc... later. It will match the house and garage after all is said and done.
It is a beginning, we have so much more work to do. A beginning of a lot of things I imagine. We really thought that the experience this will bring to the children far outweighs the several hundred dollars in costs it will be to make this nice. I really feel it is so important, especially now, that our children fully understand how and where their food comes from. They are growing an appreciation of food, eating, and understanding. Growing chickens is important to growing children.