I’m a firm believer that things happen for a reason , what ever that reason may be. If you have read my post The Plan you will see that Keeping Chickens appears on the list.
The plan is not to be put into action for a few years yet so why did I find myself last week mooching around on ebay looking a hen houses and runs?
and then maybe putting a bid in on one….
I didn’t think I was going to actually win the thing!
Picture the scene,I start rousing from my sleep around 5:30 am as my Husband comes stomping into the bedroom and says very loudly ‘I see you’ve won that bloody chicken coop then!’ Whoops-ebay mobile is BAD I’ve decided. What I’ve neglected to tell him is said coop is actually nearly an hours drive away and we need to go and pick it up today.
Although he owes me one after two African Pygmy Hedgehogs arrived new years day *sigh* He couldn’t have got them normal pets could he?!
but I digress back to the story
I explain it’s a bargain,£31! and at least we’ve got one now blah ,blah,I really need to get it today .Blah,Blah.
He grunts and says ok,he’s a good lad really :).
So after begging a flat bed from his old boss and a very slow tedious drive down there (he didn’t want to push it over 50 ) we arrived at the house to collect our winnings. The lady had very kindly dismantled the run for ease of transportation. But by goodness it was heavy,and I mean HEAVY, The thing is home made from decking (£700 worth of stuff I believe) Cue evil looks from hubby over the top of panels and we go huffing and puffing from garden-via garage-to truck and back. Finally it’s all on and we strap it down (ish). It’s a windy day and I have some sort of panic about our haul flying away down the hard shoulder so I demand we take the A roads on our way home. Another evil look and a very long drive from Bromsgrove,through Birmingham and back to home. We had a lot of odd looks and to be honest I felt like I should have been blowing an air horn and yelling ‘scrap irrroooooonnnnn’ out of the window (sorry). But we made it home and with help from a friend we got it all into the back garden.
so now we have this
That should look like this!
We have the coop/run but no chooks so I decided after our Holiday in July would be a good time to think about getting some,that way I can buy equipment and food we will need.
I receive a text message from my friend (and your not going to believe this!) her Son would like to know if I would like to buy his Hen house,run,all equipment and his 6 hens for £30 !! He didn’t think of mentioning this earlier.
Well what do I do?! I went to see the ‘girls’ and they are fabulous so now it seems I will have two,runs,to houses and six feathered friends.
I was worried about space though but my Dad came up with a fantastic idea. We have an old swing set that the girls have outgrown and I was going to get rid of it but Dad suggested Upcycle-ing it into a run as there is a ready made frame there. How brilliant and it will certainly give them plenty of space with that plus the other two runs.
I need to get everything up and running and then our new residents can arrive.