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Vickibiros Chicken Coop

By vickibiro · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. vickibiro
    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.

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  1. SavKel&RynKel
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 9, 2018
    Great looking coop! I am so sorry for your loss!


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  1. Farmgirl1971
    It is a work of art.
  2. Litleburgs
    Oh my gosh, what a beautiful story and the rainbow connecting from above to the beautiful Victorian coop is such a sign of him saying hello and that he is always with you. I just love this story and i hope you find peace, rather than grief, everytime you look out at your girls in their beautiful home. That is where you can always go and talk with your husband and you know he will be waiting right there for you....wishing you peace and strength! Mollie
  3. KathyJB
    I too am sorry for the loss of your husband. I think the rainbow of his way of saying well done and thank you for finishing my work. God bless and thank you for sharing.
  4. Help_battery_hens
    this is such a sad but beautiful story. i hope that you and your girls are blessed and find peace
  5. LoveChickens123
    i am so sorry for your loss so sad i hope that coop reminds you of him every time you see it and he will always be with you no matter what god bless you and hope your chickens have a good time in that coop he built!
  6. AlabamaSweetpea
    beautiful coop - he was a master craftsman. I have a 'storage building' aka 'two story loft' that a little boy built for me and he was going to finish, but he had an accident and died ... all I could do when I looked at it was cry.
  7. snowfire_girl
    I am so very sorry for your loss. What a beautiful chicken house that was built out of love for you. Is so amazing how God provides for us. I am glad you had your church family to help.
  8. chickengirly616
    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 beautiful......fit 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!!!
  9. Fraunie
    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.
  10. silkychic
    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.
  11. shelbear81
    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.
  12. karenkensek
    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.
  13. TinaG
    What a touching, beautiful memory you will have of your husband, and he left a true masterpiece of coop design. God bless.
  14. sarah92107
    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.
  15. Adoravachick
    Wonderful ideas!
  16. simplychicken
    very beautiful coop though
  17. simplychicken
    Im so sorry for your loss
  18. micheller1210
    you are truly blessed, I wouldnt know what to do if i lost my husband. but then we are never prepared, love it :)
  19. chicknfun
    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!
  20. wing26
    wow.......very nice, awesome work and detail........wonderful story also.....all the best to u.
  21. Rubyviewminis
    What a breathtaking work of art! Thank you so much for sharing your story of love.
  22. northwodsmommy
    thank you for sharing~ what a beautiful work of love for your husband~ God bless
  23. ADozenGirlz
    Thank you for sharing your story. What a beautiful tribute to your husband.
  24. pmsnrn
    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!
  25. katfisherWoman
    A work of Love. It's Beautiful.
  26. todtrac
    Love your coop, very nice and creative, todtrac.
  27. red hen in the rain
    Beautiful story, beautiful coop. Thank you so much for sharing!

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