Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tick Tock, Bock, Bock.

The time for chikkins is drawing near. Jackdaddy, in true Jackdaddy fashion, constructed "this old thing" in a day. I ask for a plain ole' chikkin coop, and I get a Jackdaddy special. Course, by this time, I know that no matter what I ask for, if he's doing it, it will be some awesome creation. And, as if it wasn't lovely enough of him to build me a coop, he brought home some side-of-the-road finds! Be still my beating heart! There is no better man in the world to me than a man who picks up stuff from the side of the road. Look what he got for the coop:

I'm guessing this is part of an old highway sign regarding mileage or direction between Dallas and Austin. Ain't that coolio? We were sitting around having a post-chikkin coop building beer and talking about what to name the coop. The more beers you drink, the funnier the coop name ideas get. We had such a fun time with plays on words. I liked Coop de Grace. This would be even "funnier" if we planned on eating the chikkins, which we don't. Coop d'etat is pretty funny too considering that the chikkins will probably take over our lives and establish dominance like all the other supposedly dependent creatures around here. Then there was Coop Deville. The highway sign seems to support that idea, but I fear there are probably 687,998,980 Coop Devilles in the chikkin world already. Maybe here in Austin alone. As the coop started coming together, I just sort of lost interest in the funny name idea anyway. I'm just so enamored of that Dal-Aus sign that I might just put it up there and leave it at that. (Fat chance of that, says Jackdaddy. He knows I can' t leave a good thing alone when it comes to decorating.)


Another great score from the same roadside pile. These slat thingees will make a great roosting shelf. I'm told the roosting area needs ventilation so, these should be perfecto. Good, good man.


Lookie there now! Isn't that looking just sooo fabulous? So convenient to have that super duper Jackdaddy fence back there that he could work from. Saved mucho time and hole digging. Hole digging is to Jack what weeding is to me. Ugh.


Tin roof going on. La tee dah. We're putting a green roof on top of this. I'm really excited about the green roof. I'd LOVE to have one on our house someday. I just love the idea of reducing our impervious cover footprint, so to speak. Plus, they're just so cool. I might do grass or maybe sedums, not sure yet. That's gonna be fun trying to figure it all out. Here's some more information on green roofs if you're interested:
http://www.wildflower.org/greenroof/

I'll keep you posted on our progress. Then comes the fun part - getting the chikkins. FinnigantheCurious says he's naming his chikkin Bob. He has been completely obsessed with watching YouTube videos of Mike the headless chicken. I thought for sure he was going to name his Mike. Somehow he came up with Bob instead. Go figure. He said he doesn't care if it's a lady chikkin or not. He claims he's just going to pretend like it's a boy. That strikes me as funny. Funnier than a headless chicken anyway.

13 comments:

  1. I thought it was obvious that the coop would be called "The Doll House." You know, DAL-AUS => Doll House?

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  2. AHah! I love it! I immediately think of hanging semi-mutilated Barbie dolls all over it.

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  3. maybe you could have goats ON your green roof. i grew up going to this restaurant : http://www.aljohnsons.com/

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  4. I remember those lovely thatched roofs in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. I always wanted one of those. I think "thatching" might be a dying art. I hope not.
    Since I like baseball so much my coop would be called Cooperstown.
    How about Gary Cooper? Or Mini Cooper?
    Are you going to have boy chickens?
    GREAT JOB, JACKDADDY!!!!

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  5. I'd LOVE a goat on the roof. Can you imagine? What is that crazy restaurant, Jessie? Do tell.

    Merry Merry - GREAT names. No boy chikkins and no babies. Just pullets. I think thatching is having a revival, of sorts. Mini COOPer...hahahah.

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  6. Love all the name ideas. Of course, my favorite is Karen's: Chicken Itza! I die of envy every time I think of it and know I can't steal it for my eventual chicken coop. I love Finn's name idea! I name EVERYthing Bob! I really do. I once had to name a computer at work and named it Bob but it had to be four letters so I named it Bobb. hahaha I'm loving watching this come together. I'm getting some great ideas for our coop. Thanks!

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  7. Blais - OH YES..Chicken Itza is the best of all time. I should go back and put that in there. Bob...hahaha. That is too funny. Y'all are kindred spirits. Thanks for leaving a message! xoxoxo

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  8. Your slat-thingy looks like an old futon frame. Have you ever seen Chicken Run?? It's absolutely fantastic! I bet you get some great ideas for coop names from that movie. YOu should paint chicking sayings on the sides of your coop. "I don't want to be a pie...I don't like gravy." "We'll either die free chickens or we'll die trying...Are those the only choices?" "It's raining hen." "Poultry in Motion." "Eggs from heaven? No, from her bum." Oh, I could go on. Love that movie!

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  9. jealous, jealous. I so want chickens. People across the road from us here have them and I love the noise...

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  10. I'm glad you are getting chickens first - you and Karen are going to be my mentors when we get them! (we'll have to move first, because the lions will set up camp in our yard if we get chickens!)

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  11. I am Gelous .. I mean I would love just one. Wonder if I could keep her in the bath tub.
    ms.mdd

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  12. Awesome! Have Finn watch "The Natural History of the Chicken" it's a riot!

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  13. Wow! I don't think our chicken hut will be nearly as grand. Jack rocks!

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