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Chickens: The making of their new home.

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My wonderful husband is very handy and has a gift for wood-working.  When he heard about our need (desire really) to have at least 5 dozen eggs a week and the cost of good eggs up here in Alaska, he graciously set to work turning my brother’s make-shift workshop into a chicken coop.  Here are some before and after pictures to help give some idea of all the work he did to help make chickens a reality for us.  I am so grateful to the Lord for my husband!

The outside of the soon to be coop . . .

The outside of the soon to be coop . . .

 . . . and the inside after we emptied it of all it's contents.

. . . and the inside after we emptied it of all it's contents.

First stages of enclosing the chicken yard.

First stages of enclosing the chicken yard.

The nesting boxes . . . soon Kip will be making one more . . . we have 18 chickens, all hens, we think.

The nesting boxes . . . soon Kip will be making one more . . . we have 18 chickens, all hens, we think.

Kip working on insulating with inside of the coop.

Kip working on insulating the inside of the coop.

Almost there . . . fully insulated with boxes and light in place.

Almost there . . . fully insulated with boxes and light in place.

The finished chicken house!  Kip has since added two roosts, one in front of the boxes and one along the side wall.

The finished chicken house! Kip has since added two roosts, one in front of the boxes and one along the side wall.

Kip putting finishing touches on the chicken's free ranging side yard.

Kip putting finishing touches on the chicken's free ranging side yard.

Our chicks first night in their new home.  We got 3 Black Sex-Links, 4 Australorps, 6 Barred Rocks, and 7 Rhode Island Reds (my favorites).

Our chicks first night in their new home. We got 3 Black Sex-Links, 4 Australorps, 6 Barred Rocks, and 7 Rhode Island Reds (my favorites).

Our son Caleb with an Australorp.

Our son Caleb with an Australorp.

My niece, Sarah, with a Black Sex-Link.

My niece, Sarah, with a Black Sex-Link.

They are growing so fast!  This picture was taken when they were about 1 1/2 -2 months old, just over a week ago.

They are growing so fast! This picture was taken when they were about 1 1/2 -2 months old, just over a week ago.

We unfortunately lost two of our chicks due to some not so neighborly neighborhood dogs, but are praising God for the ones we still have and the two new ones that our sweet friend down the street will soon be giving us (thank you again Deedra!).  We have been so blessed by our chickens and they aren’t even laying eggs yet . . . God is so good!  Maybe in a month or so I’ll be able to post a picture of our first little egg.  If anyone has a good homemade organic chicken food recipe, we would love it!  Thanks for stopping by. 

For more Gratituesday encouragement, visit Laura’s blog.

10 thoughts on “Chickens: The making of their new home.

  1. We are getting chickens soon, and your post has made me more excited! Thanks for sharing. Have a great week.

  2. Good job kid! Coop looks great. I like RI Reds the best too.
    Tim had one so tame he carried it around and it followed him like a dog. That was when we first moved to Thousand Oaks they just ran wild never had a coop. Had a chicken crossing to the lot across the street cars would just wait for them to pass.

    Eggs were great little hard to find with them roaming all over.
    Love you all I’ll call when we get back.

  3. I LOVE chickens! No recipes, but have LOTS of experience with raising and caring for them! My dad wonders why we don’t keep chickens currently for my daughter to enjoy…he just doesn’t understand that we live in a huge metropoliaten area and would get in big trouble with our HOA haha! Hope the chickens continue to bless you!

    • Hi Amber,
      Thanks for the encouragement . . . it’s still hard to believe we actually have chickens! It was always just something I hoped for and now they are right there in our back yard. God is good! Have a joyful week. Carrie >

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  6. We are so excited to read how God is leading you and blessing you in your homestead adventure. God has been calling us to homestead, and praise Him, we are finially hearing. We are encouraged because we are stepping out in faith and looking forward to the adventure the Lord has for us to bring Him all the glory. Pray for us…we are at the starting line.
    Living in Christ, The Lindenberbergers.

    • Paul and Z,
      Thanks for sharing! May the Lord continue to bless and guide you as you walk by faith and trust in Him. It truly is a joyous adventure and we too are at the starting line. We have so much to look forward to. God is good!

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