A Chicken Coop Story

Day 340 of 365

We are making progress on our spring tasks. Today, I pruned the blueberry bushes, and Ron planted peas. Of course, the raspberry bushes are done, and we pruned the pear trees. Ron also uncovered the strawberry beds. And, very suddenly, we made great progress on the chicken coop remodel that has to happen this spring.

Yesterday, when I went to the back of the chicken coop to let the chickens out in their yard, I saw another rat hole in the chicken coop. Ron had just fixed two holes last week. I was pretty sad.

When I went to the duck area where Ron was working him to tell him about the hole, he said something along the lines of “Why can’t they just use the door?”

I went into the house to feed the kitties and make coffee and tea. Usually, when Ron wraps up with the ducks, he comes in for coffee. But he never came in the house.

I went outside to find Ron tearing out the ceiling in our coop, swearing at rats he couldn’t see. I asked if I could help, as I thought this was going to be a two-person job, but he said no.

Most of the chickens were so upset that Ron was making such a ruckus in their house, but little Arwen just sat there laying an egg in the nest box. She is the most chill chicken I think I have ever met.

Anyway, it all turned out great because Ron made fantastic progress on getting that coop remodel done. I cleaned out the cobwebs and dust later, and I was so impressed with how lovely the coop looks now. There is still more work to do, but I am thankful to have such a big task started. Ron has more to tear out, and I have plans to re-do the window screens. I also want to make nest box curtains, but we will see.

There is so much to do in Maine summer, and though our growing season is getting longer due to climate change, it still feels like a small window when there is so much to do.

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