Thursday, September 11, 2014

Let The Light Shine In

The other day, while Dan and I were out in the backyard watching our new hens, we had an epiphany. Although if I'm being completely honest, it was all Dan. We were looking into our hen house and Dan thought aloud, "we should put a window in here". I immediately agreed and we decided we would look for a cheap second hand one as soon as we could.

I stole this picture from my hen house tour post back in June so that you could remember what the front of the old coop looked like.

On Monday we went window shopping and found the perfect one for only $8 at the local Habitat for Humanity Restore. Score.

Dan started the measuring and cutting into the wall, while I ran around wearing my pink tool belt and taking pictures. I was super helpful, obviously.

It was around this point that I stopped helping altogether, but I had a good excuse and found a suitable replacement before leaving. You see, my brother, sister-in-law and adorable niece showed up for a visit and I had to be a good hostess. So I let Mike (my brother) take over helping Dan while Tara, Alma and I picked veggies and chatted by the garden.

They made great progress and were completely done by the time supper was ready. I kind of sucked at taking pictures of everything though since I was visiting the whole time. I did manage to take one picture of Alma and Mike though, which I thought I would share since it's pretty darn cute.

We are SO happy that we decided to put a window in since it makes such a huge difference. The hens love the natural light and it's fun for us to spy on them without having to open the door.

We still need to re-caulk the window and then paint the new trim, but it's finished enough to keep them protected and give them their much needed light.

What do you think of our quick new addition? Doesn't it look fabulous? Anyone else doing any small projects lately, before winter comes upon us?


  1. Brilliant idea! Glad you had a nice visit with Mike and Tara and oh my! Alma is so cute! :)
    My upcoming project is to make curtains for our upstairs hall window...we'll see if I can manage to do it before the end of the year. It's so cold here in the mornings that it feels like winter is already creeping up on us!

  2. Jackie - It was great seeing Mike, Tara and Alma, even if it was a short visit. My next project is a curtain for our laundry room window! Granted, it's been on my to do list for 3 years but I think it might actually happen this time. I have the supplies now, so that's a good start.

    Furry Gnome - They are very lucky hens and they are loving the window.