The chicks are now four weeks old, which is also how long I’ve been working on their coop. Of course, I haven’t been working on it eight hours a day, seven days a week. I work from home as a graphic artist, so my first priority is my work. As tempting as it is to skip out of work to finish the coop, I focus on my work first, coop second. Although, they’re calling for rain today, so I might sneak outside for a few hours and work on siding the rest of the coop. I can work inside while it rains. Right?
As you can see in the bottom photo, the coop looks complete. Well, it’s not! Three quarters of the siding is up, which only makes it look like it’s complete. I also have to do the trim work, fence in the bottom, add a ramp, complete interior details, add screens, install a roost, and other things I can’t remember right now. The details are the fun part. I’ll tell you what isn’t fun – cutting (and re-cutting) oddly shaped framing pieces. Cutting the curve with a little jigsaw is no picnic either. It wasn’t the right tool for the job, but it worked. The framing made so much more sense on paper.
I still have some other problem areas that I need to address, but I’m confident that the solutions will come to me. That’s happened several times while building the coop. The first issue was finding the perfect spot for it. I thought it would be in the woods near the house. Because of potentially dangerous trees, I decided to change the location. Nothing seemed right. Then, suddenly, I KNEW exactly where it had to go. Other problems and solutions presented themselves during construction. When a problem comes along, here’s what I do… I plant it in my mind and let it simmer while I work on other things. After a while, the solution comes to me. Sometimes it’s not even close to what I expected. Quite amazing!
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