Building Chicken Coops is dangerous work

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by LoneCowboy, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    I'm currently building my 9th and 10th coops to sell. 9 is sold 10 is display. But boy it sure can be DANGEROUS work. I put a 1.5" industrial type staple through my thumb today. a Month ago I put a big honking nail through the finger next to my currently injured thumb. [​IMG] All I can say, is it's a good thing I have a doctor living next door or these coops would be really expensive [​IMG] Might be cheaper to invest in a good set of clamps [​IMG]
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    OUCH!!!! [​IMG]
  3. Ladysonja

    Ladysonja Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Porter, Texas
    Bless your Heart!

    You and my DH should have a beer and discuss war wounds when it comes to coop building!

    DH has been stung by Lord knows how many red whaps... Accidently drank a mouth full of ants that wanted a taste of his thermal cup full of Gateraide while he was working on the coop... [​IMG]

    Thank goodness for no missing pendagies or blood.

    Hang in there - We feel your pain!
  4. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    I remember reading about his wasp/ant experience. I got a good laugh out of that. Guess it's my turn to supply the humor. [​IMG]

    It wasn't all that bad or painful, but pulling it out of my thumb was really gross! [​IMG]
  5. Gazinga

    Gazinga Chook Norris

    owwie! i can relate! [​IMG]
  6. Ugly Cowboy

    Ugly Cowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2008
    Corn, OK
    Quote:Dang! You sound as derned clumsy as I am! I was shoein a colt the other day, and right as I was about to hammer in a nail, the colt jerked his foot and I drove that nail ALL the way through the tip of my middle finger. You've got my sympathy man! Thats for dang sure!
  7. azelgin

    azelgin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    S.E. AZ
    I love construction related war stories! Mine was a 2 1/2 inch finish gun nail that I managed to pin all four fingers together with. Missed all the bones and nerves. didn't really hurt that much. Reached in my apron and got my pliers to yank it out. That and my nose dive of the top of a wall with a wide open chain saw. Fractured my skull and chipped three teeth, but I hung on to the saw. The best one I'v seen was an x-ray of a guy with a 16 penny nail through the top of his plastic hard hat into his skull.
  8. sanfordcochins

    sanfordcochins New Egg

    Aug 12, 2008
    Sanford, Florida
    Need to add in an extra $$$ amount. Just advertise it as "putting a little bit of yourself in everything you build"!

    The most dangerous part of our coop building was when I was driving over the road truck hauling steel and my husband and son kept telling me the coop and new run were almost finished. They told me this for about two weeks. Called on a Wednesday to tell them I'd be home Friday. Turns out they'd been goofing off and the coop and run were barely started! My guess is that Thursday and Friday at my house were REALLY busy days.

    I pulled in late Friday nite, so didn't get to check things out till Saturday morning. I swear to you, it looked like they stood back 20 yards and THREW the materials into a pile and called it a coop. Took me two days to rebuild the roof!!! Fortunately (for my chickens) I'm no longer over the road so I can supervise the building projects.

    Funny how when I asked about their "two week project", they both just pointed at each other and said "well, if HE had gotten off his butt ...."

    Just told em, "nevermind!"[​IMG]
  9. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin

    Yeah I've been there. We were cutting foam insulation for our duck coop and my husband handed me the utility knife - which was a bad idea in the first place, I'm so clumsy. Anyway, I don't think the side of my index finger will ever line up the correct way again. I sliced my finger open from the side of my nail over to the middle of my finger. I didn't go to the hospital because the bleeding stopped pretty quickly, but it was 3 or 4 days before I could look at my finger. It was gross.
  10. skyfires

    skyfires Trying to hide

    Jul 19, 2008
    The Ozarks of Arkansas
    Cowboy, it sounds like your bleedin all over everything. Just paint the chicken houses red and they will never know. Think of all the people your helping by building those houses. They would have a lot more holes in their fingers than you do, trust me. I was one solid band-aid by the time we finished with our house, not counting the chicken run wire!!! Take care, lots of neosporin,,,,[​IMG] [​IMG]

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