I have to vent this morning cause it seems like my poor lil 2 month old babies will be in their brooder forever. Before I start I must say I'm not mad, just sooo disappointed at all the variables that have led up to this moment. A month and a half ago we were at a birthday party and a very nice sized chicken coop was offered up to us free of charge. Of course we jumped on it. Our friend has a 3 ton truck and 16 ft. trailer and he offered to pull it for us. To understand this feat you must know that our friend's cousin who ownes the coop lives a good 20 miles from here and this coop is HEAVY! It is 14 feet long, 9 feet wide, 12 feet high with a pitched roof, 47 nest boxes with the floor made of railroad ties and the 4x4's are made of oak timbers. It took 4 guys five and a half hours to roll it up onto the trailer bed. As they were starting to pull out of the yard, the back bumper was nearly pulled off and the double axel broke. We waited almost a week before the truck was usable again because we had to special order the axel and wait for it to come in. Now our friend that is pulling this for us is also our mechanic and our daughters' best friends' dad. He will tell you he is the worst procrastonator in the world. We waited almost a month for him to get the truck to his cousin's house in the first place to load the coop on the trailer. Every day my husband called just before he left work to come home to see if "today" was the day. It made for a long month. Yesterday our friend called to say he was getting in the truck to come over and we reminded him that he had an eye doctor's appt. He had forgotten. He called after the appt. and said he wouldn't be able to do it because the doctor had dilated his eyes. He said he would leave at 7am this morning to bring it over. I just got off the phone with him and you won't believe what happened. He got to his other house that they are re-doing and the coop had collapsed. It was leaning like the 4x4's on one side had been shaken loose from the floor and had completely fallen on itself. So they are at this very moment attempting to collect what wood and nesting boxes are salvagable and load them on the trailer to bring out here. Mind you that I'm very grateful that it wasn't at my house when it decided to collapse. It could have taken out my other coop not to mention all my chickens. Things happen for a reason, I just know that the brooder we made within the other chicken coop has been outgrown. So if my hubby and I aren't on at all this weekend in the forum, y'all know why.....we're building another chicken coop out of spare parts.