Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Craigslist Chicken Coop

Yesterday evening, after I finished looking up the cost of all the materials it would take to build our chicken coop from the ground up, I did some craigslist searching for free and cheap stuff for our homestead. This has been a regular nightly activity for me lately, and HOLY COW am I glad I stumbled upon this post when it was only hours old!

This incredibly talented woman built her custom dream coop out of high quality materials and decorated it to match her beautiful Spanish style house -- including faux terra cotta roofing tiles and ACTUAL ANTIQUE WINDOWS!

As a chicken lady myself, I was head-over-heals in love with this coop. Every chicken raiser gets to a point at which they give up on all the pre-made coops and figure, I can make exactly what I want, how I want it, for much cheaper - and do it better. This is where I was at, but there was no way I was going to pass up this deal.

The deal: she was selling this coop (which cost over $1000 and a month of labor to build) for $40! Forty, as in, four-zero. The catch: the coop had to be taken apart and moved out of her backyard by December 23rd.

I closed this deal as soon as I could get Brandon to agree to it and rent a 10 ft U-Haul for tomorrow. We visited the woman's house this afternoon to take a look at it all in person. It's definitely going to be a LOT of work to take it apart and transport it back to our yard, but the good news is:

1) It's entirely held together with deck screws, rather than nails;

2) We'll have three (if not four) people to help lift the pieces into the truck; and

3) It's all within Pasadena, so we won't put too many miles on the truck (which saves us $$$).

At 7:00am tomorrow, Brandon and I will be picking up our truck and beginning this delicate demolition adventure. I'll take lots of pictures, and update once we recover from all of this. Then all we'll have to do is replace the boards that have rotted and re-assemble it in our yard! 😅

That's all for now, folks. Stay tuned! 😜

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