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.

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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.


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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.


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About Trisha Perkins

Hi, my name is Trisha Perkins. I was born in St. George Ut, and raised in many different places. California, Texas, Panama, North Carolina, and Utah have all been home for me. My family moved back to St. George Ut after my father left the army. I was home schooled most of my school years, then enrolled for long distance schooling from an accredited high school. I taught gymnastics and swimming for 3 years. Then I realized I wanted to learn more about children, because I didn't know enough about them and I wanted to be prepared for motherhood. I taught montessori preschool for one year, then I went to a summer camp in New Mexico to teach horse back riding. Now I have to back up a little. A couple of my friends had gone to this same summer camp to teach the year before and one of their friends from camp tagged along with them back to St. George. Here enters the Pioneer. My life would never be the same. I tapped into a soul that I didn't know the voltage of. I met Barry Perkins. He proposed to me while scuba diving off of the Californa coast. We were married in the St. George temple on October 16th 2004. We have always wanted to give our children the best education. Leadership education! We wanted to travel and let them experience different cultures and countries and read great books and be a united family. So here we are starting off on a journey of a lifetime.

2 responses »

  1. Justin Perkins says:

    Awesome and impressive! I can’t wait to show off my garden when you come through. I haven’t braved chickens or bunnies yet.

    • Trisha Perkins says:

      I would love to see your garden! Something I can’t do while moving around. I bet your boys are big! I heard Noah is pretty tall now lol. Looking forward to getting the kids together to play.

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