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Weatherproofing for chicken coop
April 5, 2009
7:28 pm
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Suzanne McMinn
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Jayne said:

Supervising Suzanne! You were supervising!  It's what “we” do best!


Exactly! He would be wandering around aimlessly all weekend without my supervision and direction!!

Clover made me do it.

April 5, 2009
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and getting photos!!  how else could the blog be done???  thanks, 52, for all you do so Suzanne can have great photos and stories for CiR!

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

April 5, 2009
8:32 pm
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thank you all!!!  I haven't tried the donuts, but lent is almost over and I have not been a practicing Catholic in a VERY long time. 

My budget plan is NOT getting a cart when I go to the store.

April 5, 2009
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Just so you  all know for sure—it's a labor of love.

I appreciate all of you, too.  Your're the greatest——

Thank you for your kind words——–

52 Forever

April 6, 2009
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Hey, I always thought that a couple who builds  chicken coops together, stay together.  52 and Suzanne make a great couple, it's wonderful that he supports all of Suzanne's efforts.  Congrats on finding each other.

Don't cry because it's over—smile because it happened!

April 6, 2009
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Well Jeannie B., Our coop is almost 10 years into the marriage–does that still qualify?  I will have to say that getting the coop built is not quite as stressful as remodeling the kitchen, but it is up there!  You would think those hens are getting a new condo!  LOL YesSnuggleLaugh

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April 6, 2009
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One of my other wise sayings, is that if a couple can put up a swing set without fighting, they have it made.  About the kitchen redo,  well we have gone thru several projects together, the first time, I went on a trip with my sister, just didn't want to be home for that mess.  When we returned the first thing I noticed was that the bricklayers cut down a 16 year old camelia.  I have stayed home through the floor job, removing all carpet and having Armstrong installed, dust everywhere.  Then last year we had to redo the kitchen, water leak behind the dishwasher.  Stayed home for that one too, no telling what would have happened.  Hubby and two sons are alike, opinionated and they each have the best ideas, but after a week, the cabinets were installed, unlevel, but installed.  I just live with it. 

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April 6, 2009
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Well, when we did the kitchen, we too had a ton of problems.  Asbestos in the floor tiles, under other layers of flooring, 2 with nails though them.  All of it had to come up though because of a leaky dishwasher had ruined the all plywood underneath them. 

Then, I had the bright idea of “I-will-just-peel-off-this-little-piece-of-paint-right-here”,  but should have left it to hold in the lead paint.  Of course that was connected to the paint on the ceiling that was also lead paint. 

Hubby & I worked opposite shifts so we picked out our door handles and styles from catalogs–both of us had a colored stack of sticky notes, the only handles we agreed on were the ones we went with. 

The only thing that did go right was the leveling and installation of the counters and cupboards–Hubby works for his Mennonite dad and family business!! 

Just let me say that “move-in-condition”  only means that the previous owners have moved out (&probably have a landlord again).  The new owner is now free to move and stay in one room while they gut the whole house and start over. 

May 29th will be 10years of marriage!!  yippeeHugYes & lots of Whipto motivate me.

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August 13, 2011
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On the topic of painting the coop, the chicken ranchers in our neighborhood used to whitewash the chicken barns on the inside, because whitewash (that is, slaked lime paint) has antimicrobial properties and helps keep the bugs down. It closes up the little cracks where they can hide.  The chicken farmers would usually whitewash once a year. And whitewash is cheap to make.

August 13, 2011
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On our coop we used deck paint (waterproof) on the outside, and then just used some regular old white paint on the inside.  BAD MOVE.  If you don't want to repaint the inside of the coop every week, don't use white.  It looks so gross.  All that poop from the perching birds splattered down the walls…we were better off with the unfinished OSB because it CAMOFLAUGED the poop!  laugh  As for birds getting sick, never happened.  They don't peck at the wood or the paint. 

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August 14, 2011
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Just so you all know, I didn't, and a few years ago learned my lesson the HARD way.

 

If you're going to use whitewash– WEAR GOGGLES! I was mixing lime & water and some splashed into my eye. It stung. Called doc, it's nasty stuff for your eyes. I (really by luck!) didn't burn a hole in my eyeball.

 

WEAR GOGGLES WHEN USING WHITEWASH!

 

(And you will be able to avoid expensive emergency doctor bills!)

 

Judi

shedding stuff like mad!

August 15, 2011
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Whitewash is made with calcium hydroxide once known as quick lime. When it is mixed to a paste or slurry it becomes whitewash. Once in place it reacts with atmospheric carbon dioxide to form calcium carbonate which is commonly known as limestone.

August 15, 2011
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poke    Oh, ouch!!  I got formaldehyde in my eye once… the doctor said if I hadn't splashed water in it within 5 seconds like I did, I would have lost sight in that eye.  (YIKES!)  I was certianly aware of the things formaldehyde could do to me, so the scare I got was worse than the sting of it.  I don't even remember it hurting.  But…I will definitely watch out for that whitewash!

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