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Misadventures of a coop builder

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by owler, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. owler

    owler In the Brooder

    Jan 11, 2010
    Northen NJ
    I took off from work on Thursday and Friday and started building my 8 x 12 long awaited coop. I will post pictures soon. I made good progress and had the whole structure completed except for two narrow strips of plywood on the roof.

    I was anxious to make the coop semi-weather proof so the sheets of OSB I had inside would not get wet. After work last night I got started.

    I should mention that no one else was home but I was expecting my daughter to be home no later than seven o'clock.

    I started a little after six and got the plywood down with no problems. I just wanted to put some tar paper on the seams and ridge to stop any rain from coming in that we might have before this coming weekend. So I put the roll of tar paper over my shoulder and climbed up onto the roof. (Do you see where this is going?).

    As I was getting on the roof I accidentally kicked the ladder over. [​IMG]

    No problem. My daughter will be home any minute. I put the couple of strips of tar paper down. I then contemplated jumping down from the lowest corner. It was only about seven feet high. I thought better of it since it has been a long, long time since my legs have had to put up with that abuse and I pictured me with an unfinished coop for the winter and a severely sprained ankle. No, I will just wait for my daughter to get home. Any minute now.

    I thought about just tar papering the whole roof but I realized there were very few staples in my staple gun. So I sat. And I sat. And I sat. Like a fiddler without my instrument.

    I saw my neighbor arrive home and thought for about 2 seconds calling to him for some help. We are not particularly friendly and embarrassment won out. Anyway, my daughter would be home any minute. She was already late.

    I watched the last glows of sunlight give way to twinkling stars. Now I could not even see the ground to know where I would land.

    And I sat.

    8:20. My daughter drives into the driveway.

    I called out "Lindsay, can you give me a hand?"

    "Where are you"

    "On the chicken coop" I said.

    "Are you stuck?" she asked with great amusement.

    "Ah, yeah".

    And my kind compassionate daughter laughed so hard it took her five minutes to walk the 200 feet to the coop. She then texted her friends, who she happened to go out for some pizza with after work, about my predicament. My wife also had a good laugh when she got home from her class.
    So as long as the word was spreading I figured I would share my misadventure with you.

  2. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

    May 18, 2009
    I'm so sorry you got stuck on the roof of your chicken coop. That being said - [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. WingingIt

    WingingIt Songster

    Apr 16, 2009
    [​IMG] Glad you didn't jump and get hurt.
  4. OregonChickenGal

    OregonChickenGal Songster

    Jul 26, 2010
    Central Oregon
    [​IMG] Glad you didn,t have to spend the night up there. But at least you got the coop started.
  5. Tdub4chiks

    Tdub4chiks Songster

    Jul 8, 2010
    Constantia, NY
    Hope you're in a warm climate and that it was raining! [​IMG]:gig:lau

    It got down to the low 40's here last night. lol
  6. Wendy'sChicksRock

    Wendy'sChicksRock Songster

    Aug 8, 2010
    Oakland county ,MI
    see, im NOT the only one who does stuff like that ... Good choice... not jumping made you stop and see the stars.. much better than jumping and then seeing stars...
    Have a great day ![​IMG]:lau
  7. kichohana

    kichohana Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    Johnston County, NC
    gee - i've heard of being stuck in a coop, but not on a coop! [​IMG] i would love to see pictures of the high-rise that kept you from jumping (although i don't blame you one bit!). guess you should be happy your daughter only went out for pizza and not pizza and a movie! [​IMG]

  8. cfdf

    cfdf Songster

    Apr 12, 2010
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] You pulled a "Lucy". [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] I hate to say it but "BETTER YOU THAN ME!" [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  9. poconoadoptionfamily

    poconoadoptionfamily In the Brooder

    Aug 21, 2010

    Glad you weren't hurt. Thanks for the laugh![​IMG]
  10. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    Great story! How nice of you to provide so many people with such entertainment. What a guy!

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