Wednesday afternoon, Mom came home to spend a few days. The idea was for the two of us to celebrate my birthday by going out to lunch, to have some help with the kids while Dad and I finished the coop, and to celebrate Aeden's third birthday before she returned home on Saturday. Ah, the best of intentions.
What really happened...
Thursday morning, we got up early, and I took the Blake and Noah to school. I got back to the house and we had coffee in the apartment. Eventually we all got moving around 9 and started banging away on the coop to get as much progress made as possible before Dad and Jason went to their man-party, "we are going to shoot things, and eat meat, and grunt" (at least that's how I picture it).
Do it Best Imp/Fence 764000 Poultry Netting rolls of it. 4 rolls altogether I think. We tacked it in with fasteners I must admit I don't know the name of. They look like big giant staples and you bang 'em in with a hammer. That chicken wire is the strangest stuff to work with. It looks straight on the roll but as soon as you open it, it starts to look like they serve vodka all day long at the chicken wire factory. You have to brace it and stretch it because it is hard to pull, and amazingly frail all at the same time. We used two more wall panels and added some more of that half inch by 2 inch with a nail gun for them to use as steps up to the nest boxes. I didn't think they would be able to get up there, but they can. We did a double check and triple check until we were convinced there was nowhere the ladies could escape (we were WRONG), and called it a day. Okay, we called it three days.
We had already started some of it last week, we took until 2:00 on Thursday, and worked on it all day Friday. No birthday lunch. (Mom and I ended up taking the kids and getting a BBQ dinner on Thursday because we were too tired to cook.) We did manage to squeeze in cooking cake and dinner for Aeden on Friday, but barely.