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Vickibiro's Chicken Coop

My husband and I started our chicken coop last year with the help of information we found here on BYC.  His ideas were always bigger than mine and he came up with this design

He built this small model on a rainy day because he was anxious to get started and had to do something.  We started construction in May, 2010, here are a few of the pics of construction underway

That's him, my sweet man working on the coop he designed for me, my little Victorian house for his Victoria

It was at this point in construction that I went outside to see him after speaking to him and only taking the time for a change of clothes.  He had a sudden massive heart attack and I found him behind the coop, gone, no movement, no struggle, just gone.  At this point members of my church, his friends and family joined in finishing the work of art he had started.

inside the coop

After about 6 weeks of visitors, plenty of iced tea and company to cry on the coop was finished and one day I walked out on the porch after a storm to see this image

The girls love their home and are happy, spoiled chickens.  I have had no neighbor complaints and am learning about caring for them while I learn to care for myself.  I wanted to share these pictures with everyone last year but I just didn't have the energy to sit and write this all out.  Now doing so is bittersweet.  Hope you enjoyed viewing our palace.

Comments (55)

Beautiful story, beautiful coop. Thank you so much for sharing!
Love your coop, very nice and creative, todtrac.
A work of Love. It's Beautiful.
What a beautiful and everlasting tribute of your husband's love for you! I wish you God's peace and mercy in your journey through grief!
Thank you for sharing your story. What a beautiful tribute to your husband.
thank you for sharing~ what a beautiful work of love for your husband~ God bless
What a breathtaking work of art! Thank you so much for sharing your story of love.
wow.......very nice, awesome work and detail........wonderful story also.....all the best to u.
Your coop is absolutely gorgeous! What a wonderful gesture from a loving man! It's wonderful that your friends and church members did the finishing of it on his behalf!
God Bless!
you are truly blessed, I wouldnt know what to do if i lost my husband. but then we are never prepared, love it :)
Im so sorry for your loss
very beautiful coop though
This is so pretty! I love the idea to build the model first, even if it was just to keep hands busy. I'm so sorry for your loss. How wonderfully everone came together to help finsh the coop.
What a touching, beautiful memory you will have of your husband, and he left a true masterpiece of coop design. God bless.
What a beautiful coop. So sorry for your loss, I am tearing up reading it all. How nice of your friends to pick up and finish where he left off.
I am so sorry for your loss! What a beautiful coop and reminder of your husband's love. I hope that you and your chickens are getting along well.
I am so very sorry for your loss! I know words can't really convey what you want them to sometimes. What a beautiful job your husband started for you and what wonderful friends to help finish it. I know I can watch my chickens and it is like therapy for me and I hope you get the same benefit from yours. God Bless.
Your coop is beautiful, and I hope it is serving as a tribute to your love together and that your chickens are helping with the healing and self care. I am so glad it is his design, and that you had such wonderful people to help finish the construction. Hugs to you and healing thoughts. I'm so sorry for your loss.
I was scrolling through the coop pics, and this one for sure caught my eye! I began to read your story, and I am so so sorry for your loss. How devastating!!! Looks like your husband was very talented and dedicated to have made a smaller design first. The coop is absolutely for a human to live in! I have always dreamed of living in a 'Victorian' home. You sure do have some amazing friends to have finished the coop for you and your husband. Can't find many like that now-a-days. I hope you and your family find peace and comfort every time you look at your beautiful home for your bird family. I believe that your husband was on top of that rainbow, smiling down with joy and peace. Stay strong and know that your husband will always be all around you. God bless you, and thank you for being strong enough to share your wonderful, amazing story with the world. I wish you all the best!!!
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