My fun husband one day came up with the idea of designing and building a chicken coop. He as well as I both had chickens growing up so he thought it would be fun for our daughter Harper to have them as well. But little did I know what my husband really had in mind.
We started with a simple idea… two chickens and a small chicken coop…to what then worked itself into what I call, chicken craziness. Brady designed a huge chicken condo and brought home many more chickens than I thought we had originally discussed. Harper was so excited so how do you say no, right? And my husband kept insisting that it’ll being easy. He would say, “Don’t worry babe, this is my thing. I’ll handle it all.” So of course I went along with it.
At first it was great. I loved how it taught our daughter about responsibility. She always had a love of animals but this took the cake. She adored these chickens. They became a part of our family quickly. Even our two dogs, Buck and Pearl welcomed them with open “paws”. That being said…nothing would prepare us for the upcoming lessons in the circle of life.
Our Smith Coop has four chickens at the moment. A beautiful sweet Araukana named Ruby. Two spicy Delaware sisters named Molly and Dolly. And lastly our youngest, a Light Brahma named Mabel. But we have had eight total. We have lost a few along the way. Hard lessons learned for a little four year old girl. And well, not easy for the Mommy and Daddy either I have to say. We have lost one to being egg bound, one to a coyote that got into our yard, one to a hawk and one that we thought was a hen that turned out to be a rooster. That’s right, Anna was Andrew and Andrew had to find a new home. All this is normal to life with chickens but not something you think nor wish to go thru ever. So at this time we are enjoying and keeping close eye on our fabulous four. Hoping they stay safe and sound and can be with us for a long time coming.