Ok, I made a list of everyone who voted for Leah in the Gerber Baby Contest last month, and plugged the numbers into Randomizer.org and the winner is...... Maura of Lilac Lane Cottage! I think it's pretty cool that she won, because she's a fellow Kansan, and she has a wonderful country living blog with great photos that you just have to check out!
Congrats Maura... please be patient with me as I pull everything together. With my crazy work schedule, it might take me a few weeks to find adequate time to whip up the cookies and the dog treats and get everything to you!!
The guinea keets were 6 weeks old yesterday, and aptly befitting their age milestone, they were moved from the brooder on the back porch to their newly renovated chicken coop. So far, they haven't really checked out their spacious new mansion -- as of yesterday afternoon and even this morning, they are perched on the edges of their brooder.
I hope they decide to explore more today, so we can take the brooder out and get it all cleaned up - the brooder is QUITE a mess. I cleaned it every single day, but the last few days, even that didn't seem to be enough. Lesson to the wise -- have your chicken coop ready before you buy your birds! :-)
Four lavender guineas and one pearl guinea survey their new home
The chicken coop isn't entirely done yet. (Hubby has rebuilt this coop from the ground up!) The roof needs redone and there is trim work for the inside and a roosting rack yet, and of course, we need to put up the fencing on the outside, and finally, paint the coop to match the house. I'm hoping we can get all that done before winter, esp the painting! But worse case, we did get the whole thing primed Sunday morning, and just in time too... we were blessed with several heavy rainstorms that afternoon along with 2 episodes of hail!
The new chicken coop front boasts TWO coop doors and one salvaged window from the homestead. The two coop doors will allow us to section off the inside if we ever need to (new chicks or chickens/keets, sick birds, etc.) so each side will still have outside access.
The way the front looked before hubby started his renovation (above & below)... you may remember that fateful pasture burn of spring 2009? You can see the old coop door in the above photo, bottom left of the coop.
Check out hubby's newly crafted, handmade person door
on the side of the coop!
Here's the old door. A tad "ugh", huh?
Like I mentioned above, there's plenty more work to finish up the coop. I'm excited to get it painted to match the house... I'm just hoping I can get it done before the temps take a plunge. Starting Thursday, I have a 6-day stretch of work (blech) so I might have to cram a little bit of painting into each morning before work. I hate doing it that way -- cleaning my brushes/rollers every single time I paint takes so much time! But if that's what it takes, then oh well.
Winter will be here soon!!!
Ok, I promise to stop with the chicken coop photos, I'm sure I've bored everyone to death by now. There will be only one future photo ..... once I've painted it to match the house!
Hubby is getting sooooooo good at destructo/constructo projects around here this year -- the front porch railing, the garage, and now the chicken coop.
Hmmmmm, methinks I'm beginning to build a rather ambitious building list for him. *wink*