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Hooked up for power

After a couple grueling weeks digging a trench, and having friends come over to do the handiwork, the¬†electrical line running to the chicken coop has passed inspection! The Ferndale city inspector came out bright and early at the beginning of…

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We did it!

This morning the chicken coop was approved for occupancy. The visit from Marc Howell, Ferndale’s building inspector, was short and sweet. He immediately said it was a sturdy structure, and well weather-proofed. He asked about underground barriers, and I explained…

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“Pretty much, almost, exactly.”

After two days of work in the wind, snow and sub-zero temperatures, we are about 95 percent complete with the coop. Our friend Eric showed up Saturday afternoon with pre-cut window frame pieces and a Tupperware container filled with lemon…

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Prepping for chicks

While we still things to finish on the coop, today Matt and I refocused on our incoming chicks. With the chicken coop inspection a week away, and chicks expected at the end of February, we figure things are about to…

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The doorway to victory

Still in my pajamas, I joined Matt to trudge out in the snow and ice to install the hen house door. And with the last screw put in a hinge, we have an almost-finished chicken coop! We still have an…

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Inspection date set!

It’s official! We will have the chicken coop inspected Jan. 29. Yesterday I received a call from Ferndale City Hall asking when I planned to submit my permit application. I was confused since I had just filled out paperwork in…

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Inspector’s sneak peek

So this morning, as I was snuggled in with my cup of coffee, I noticed two men clomping through the snow in my neighbor’s yard. They stopped near the back, and pointed at my chicken coop. My heart jumped to…

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