Construction In The Coop


Well thanks to my sisters Finicky Freida and Breaky bones I have yet another addiction. Smoking, coffee and now blogging.

I did take a break from beginning my new blog at “way too early this morning” because my blood sugar dropped suddenly without warning as per usual and I had to eat. Then again about an hour I had to break again to feed and appease my husband, my blood sugar had dropped anyway.

It’s snowing a bit today so twice I had to run out a few times (that sentence makes no sense) climb a ladder and shovel heavy wet snow off my chicken coop, I luv doing that…not. I use to have to break ice also in the ducks water bowl until I bought some de-icers. Works great but now the ducks spend all their time in their “bathtub/toilet”…nice, oh well it beats bringing the silly buggers in and melting frozen poop off their behinds in my tub.

But I do enjoy designing stuff so the other day I engineered a long snow sweeper which was to help me with my chicken care task. It’s really quite pathetic to look at, looks like somethin a 5-year-old made but so far it’s working for me, lets see if I can properly describe it for you.

 It’s a 10 foot long piece of skinny metal pole (can’t remember the proper name and Rob’s sleeping so he won’t answer me) with a broken piece of osb board  2 in wide by 4 ft long wrapped real good in white cold hardy tape and taped to the end of my pole in a T shape.

Then because this wasn’t long enough to reach the entire length of my coup I taped a broken wooden broom stick to the metal pole and it looks as crazy as it sounds. Now because the broom handle wasn’t even as long as I needed I wasnt able to tape it up good and solid so when I use this chicken coop roof sweeper (the name I’m going to patent) it bends where the pole is taped to the broom producing a v shape preventing me from using enough pressure to actually grab or push all the snow.

I only ever end up just skimming over the top of the roof if I’m lucky and if that weren’t enough to contend with my roof is not a solid thing either, it’s made of hardware cloth with polyplastic stuff taped on top. So my chicken roof dips and thus my job is pretty near impossible with my bendable chicken coop roof sweeper.

 But the best part is yet to come I think, because I taped the plastic poly stuff on top of  the wire roof but from the inside of the coop. The tape I’m afraid is cold hardy so I don’t think I’ll be able to tear it loose this spring from the wire which is stuck real good now to the polyplastic stuff. Snappers, I was going to plant a chicken vegetable garden in the chicken coop this summer, oh hell I’m going to anyway even if the roof is covered in heavy white polyplastic stuff.

Here’s my chicken coop roof sweeper.

Here’s the coop hiding under the winter plastic cover.


5 thoughts on “Construction In The Coop”

  1. Hey EBF, sounds like your sisters got you addicted to all three things – smoking, coffee and blogging. True confessions – it’s only blogging, not the other two!

    Your soon-to-be patented snow sweeper sounds very complex. Hard to visualize. A picture would help, but then maybe someone would beat you to the patent.

    Glad I don’t have ducks. I didn’t know that cleaning them was so …. disgusting? 🙂

      1. Ducky poo is no fun but easier to clean in winter when its frozen. All I have to do is pick up frozen duck patties from their bedding, ah, how sweet it is.

    1. Just for you I ran out into the freezing blizzard and got a pic of my soon to be patented chicken coup roof sweeper. But if you’re reading this comment you’ve already noticed it here.

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