As all of my Facebook friends know by now, I have been working on a chicken coop/house for our chickens. It took a long time because it is not my job. My job is to serve the community around me. So, it was always something to do when I had free time. The problem was, when I had free time, I wanted to rest. Also, every project here takes me 5x as long as it would in the states. Supplies aren’t as readily available, and we didn’t pack the right tools when we moved here. Working with minimal supplies and the wrong kind of tools makes for a very frustrating project. PLUS, I have NEVER built something with wood completely from scratch and without any kind of plans.
Our hope with this chicken project is to find inexpensive ways to raise the chickens for eggs. Eggs are only 3-5 pesos so we are not so sure that raising chickens will be financially beneficial to the community that we serve. The one thing that this chicken project would offer is completely organic eggs and meat, if you so choose to use your chickens in that way. There are TONS of other ways that one could built their coop and raise their chickens in much cheaper ways than we have so far. I just really wanted to built this particular hen house. We just really felt that God kept laying on our hearts to start this project.
Anyway, here is the inspiration for our hen house:
Here are some pictures of the hen house as the work progressed:
These are two of the four laying boxes. The nest inside where made by one of my neighbors from dried banana tree leaves. They work perfectly!!!
A close up shot of one of the nests
It took a lot of blood, sweat, and tears but it is done. God taught me a lot during this project. One of the biggies is that it is ok to accept help, even when you don’t really want or need it. Sometimes that time spent with others is really what it is all about. I wrote about that in this post! (<—click there to go to the post)
These chickens have become one of our favorite past times. The girls and I have spent hours playing, caring for, or just watching them. Mo doesn’t like them. Since he only has one good eye, he is scared that they will peck it out. Yeah, true story…his exact words! So, he watches them from OUTSIDE the coop! This is one of the reasons that I love this man so much!
Here are our babies:
This is Butter. He is a rooster but we are not holding that against him. He has no feathers on his neck. When we first moved here, I saw all of these chickens with no feathers on their necks and thought that they were sick from malnutrition. Um, no, that’s just their breed.
This is Cherry. She is the grumpiest chicken in the group but our best layer.
This is Ginger. She has just started laying as well. All of our chickens were gifts from neighbors except for Canela and Ginger. IF we were raising our chickens for meat, these two would be good eatin’ because they are fat!
This is Gummy. She is missing her left eye. She was a gift from one of our neighbors. Her daughter poked Gummy in the eye with a pencil. It just goes to show you…it is all fun and games until someone’s eye gets poked out with a pencil!!!
This is Marshmellow. We don’t know if Marshmellow is a boy or a girl. She/he came from the same family as Gummy…but she/he has both of her/his eyes.
This is Berry. This is one of the newest babies.
This is Mango. She is the smallest one of the bunch.
We realize that Lauren and Lexie named all of the chickens after food. The irony is not lost on us! :O)
I hope that you enjoyed getting a peep into our chicken project. We aren’t really sure if this is a project that God wants to use us to expand into this community. Time will tell, and we will keep praying to see how God uses this here.
Next up…a goat project that we are so excited to share with everyone!!!