Vickibiros Chicken Coop

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  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

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    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

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

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    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.

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    inside the coop

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    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

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    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. DiannaDi
    Wow, thank you for sharing. And your coop is beautiful!
  2. OKVet
    Such a beautiful coop and a wonderful tribute to your husband. Thank you so much for sharing.
  3. RodNTN
    Awesome coop! Bittersweet story :)
  4. boomercide
    Awesome coop! Can't wait too someday build a new one my self
  5. Littlerob
    The rainbow was your husband telling you he likes the coop and that he is ok and in heaven.
  6. NanaKat
    Vickibiro, what a lovely coop! Your husband has given you a beautiful reminder of his love and devotion. May the sight of your hens enjoying his gift bring you comfort.
  7. orpington13
    So sorry for your loss!
  8. RezChamp
    Wow. I got really choked-up. Especially when I saw the rainbow.
    Even just that(coop)part of his legacy is beautiful.
    It occurs to me that beauty is inside of us. His deisign shows this, as does what I have read of what you've seen in him. That spot reserved for him in heaven must be stupendously beautiful.

    Your story reminds me of my Nana telling me "Always be grateful for your day."
    Today I am grateful for you sharing this story.

    I don't have the words to truly express my heart.
    My wish is that you continue this life that was given to you and enjoy the beauty that in part was left to you by your dearly departed. I can only hope that I would leave such a beautiful story when I'm called home.
    Wonderful, wonderful people coming to help. You are blessed, as are they.
  9. SHERRING7712
    I am so sorry for your loss. The coop is absolutely beautiful and I'm so glad that you had the support of people around you to help complete his gift to you. I wish you the very best and hope that time and the continued presence of your chickens and their beautiful home helps to give you comfort.
  10. Coop de Grass
    I am so sorry for your loss. I know that words cannot express the tragedy that you have experienced. What a lovely husband you had/have. And what incredible friends and family you have. I hope that you find peace and happiness, and love. Eventually those memories will stop being bittersweet and become happy. Because he was doing this for you.
  11. Brookliner
    Lovely coop. Sorry for your loss.
  12. Whittni
    Very cute coop.
  13. cukuriku
    So sorry for your loss! But it must be mentioned this coop is some stunning work of art!
  14. Bogtown Chick
    What a gorgeous addition to your property. Much to be proud of there. My jaw dropped when I saw it on the carousel. And then to read of the love and heartache that went into this coop. My sympathy to you these years later. I hope your little hens are giving you many smiles. Blessings to you.
  15. lcertuche
    What a lovely memorial to and for your husband.
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  17. TheFoxyChicken
    This story still moves me. Thank you for sharing it. I am sorry for you loss and grateful for your church family who stepped up and helped. God bless you. How are you and your chickens doing these days?
  18. Jennifer74
    What a beautiful story and coop. Im so sorry for your loss. Im so glad though that your husbands beautiful gift to you was completed by wonderful friends
  19. sumi
    Congratulations, we've chosen one of your pics for the CC-POW. Thanks for posting your coop design & pictures to our "Chicken Coops" pages! You can find more info about the CC-POW here: CC-POW Process
  20. kingsleycoop
    What an inspiring story. You can tell a lot of love went into it, from both your husband and those who finished the coop. And how awesome to think your chickens have such an amazing place to live!
  21. Purpletie3
    Couldn't keep a dry eye reading your story...What a beautiful home he designed for your chickens...just like the Taj Mahal! God Bless!
  22. MonTXChickens
    So many times I look at the pictures but don't read the story. Your coop and story are incredible. I had to go back and re-read the part about you finding your husband... I couldn't believe I had read it right. I am sorry for your loss! I know time has passed but some hurts don't go away quickly. Time seems to dull them but never quite take them away. Thank you for sharing!
  23. foghornleghorn9
    God Bless you and your family. It's so wonderful that your husband designed this coop for you. It really is a beautiful tribute to him/from him. Your friends and neighbors are good souls and did a fantastic job finishing the coop for you. Your rainbow pic seems like your husbands seal of approval. Congratulations and thank you for sharing this wonderful story and for having the strength to allow the world to peak into your bittersweet and heartfelt situation. You're story is very inspirational and one I will be certain to share. Thank you and God Bless.
  24. featherweightmn
    Our condolences! What a touching story! Love the coop also!!
  25. Zeevon101
    Your coop... LOOKS AWESOME!
  26. Galtice
    That is an amazing story bless you!!
  27. cheeseball
    The most beautiful coop I e-v-e-r saw.....What a wonderful man....So So Sorry....there is most defanantly allot of LOVE in that rainbow sent there for you.
  28. IndigoChicken12
    Simply beautiful.
  29. daddysgirl
    So sorry for your loss....what a beautiful coop and what a beautiful tribute to your husband. ... thanks for sharing your story.
  30. Farmgirl1971
    It is a work of art.
  31. 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
  32. 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.
  33. Help_battery_hens
    this is such a sad but beautiful story. i hope that you and your girls are blessed and find peace
  34. 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!
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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!!!
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. TinaG
    What a touching, beautiful memory you will have of your husband, and he left a true masterpiece of coop design. God bless.
  43. 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.
  44. Adoravachick
    Wonderful ideas!
  45. simplychicken
    very beautiful coop though
  46. simplychicken
    Im so sorry for your loss
  47. micheller1210
    you are truly blessed, I wouldnt know what to do if i lost my husband. but then we are never prepared, love it :)
  48. 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!
  49. wing26
    wow.......very nice, awesome work and detail........wonderful story also.....all the best to u.
  50. Rubyviewminis
    What a breathtaking work of art! Thank you so much for sharing your story of love.

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