Never a dull moment for the Perkins family. I told my kids when we moved to live with Grandma for the spring that she was getting chickens. I like building things so I decided to build the chicken house and run. So of course the first thing I do is run to the local thrift store which is the DI here. I found what looked like some old scouting project box. I paid $20 bucks for the thing and brought it home, looked at it for a while and then proceeded to tear it all apart. I gutted the shelves inside and cut a hole in the back which would eventually become the nesting box. I usually have to sit and think about a project before I catch a vision of how I want it to look in the end. My kids pitched in and helped by sitting inside the thing while I added the back pieces and my mom helped me add the back door lid.
A couple days before I decided to get this project rolling my sister had given me a call and asked if I wanted a baby bunny. . . . . How do I answer that? I knew it would make my kids so happy so I said yes. SO!! This chicken house will first be used as a rabbit home. I drilled a hole in the side to add the water feeder.
I removed the top, framed out the door, then added chicken wire to create windows.
I used the square piece off of the top to create two triangle for a pitched roof. I almost ran out of time. The bunny arrived before I had finished the roof. We have cats in the neighborhood so I needed to get a roof on it quick or bring the bunny inside for the night, and that wasn’t happening. The bunny has to stay outside. This was a total surprise for my kids. They love Winky! When winky was born she only opened one eye for a long time and my sister thought that the bunny might only have one good eye, but she ended up opening the other eye after all.
Nolan helped me out, and Adrian really wanted to paint. It is amazing what paint can do! It is looking pretty good now. Now to build a rabbit house so the chickens can move in.