Trench for Electricity

4/17/19 – Well, the trench was inspected by the town and so now begins the fun part! Now we have to fill the trench back in by hand! Luckily our ground base is a sand composite so it is fairly light. However, there is a layer of rock above the sand which is both a blessing and a curse. The blessing is I will use many of the rocks collected in the coop area and I’ve already used them to line the walkway leading into the coop area.

I posted a video in the morning when I started which you can see on my Instagram here:

Now, this image shows how far I got after 3 hours of posting the video.

Trench filling! Getting there! Very tedious work.

Not very far, LOL! I’ll be back at it tomorrow evening and then we have some rain this weekend. So, unfortunately we won’t get back to it until next week. The delivery of the coop and run is scheduled for mid-May so we still have plenty of time to get everything cleaned up! Can’t wait to have my chicken family!

Break time!

Chicken park-like setting!

4/14/19 – The chicken area also includes a park-like setting! We worked on that today as we await a picnic table for the picnic area which will be right next to the chickens! Lots of cleaning up to do on the property as we have a lot of poison ivy vines and bramble. We’re getting there though! Collected more rocks to use for borders in the future.

Rock border is almost done!
This is what we worked on today! There will be a picnic table in the center. The chicken coop/run is just beyond. I can also set up my easel to paint! 🙂

More whimsy! 🙂

Stone by stone…


When the electrician dug the trench to provide the electricity to the chicken coop area we discovered tons of rocks. I had been gathering them from all over our property to use them to line pathways. This revealed hundreds and hundreds and so I hand dug hundreds and hundreds. They now line the walkway leading to the coop!

Of course, once you do one thing then you see something else you need…stepping stones!

Then of course, you need some sitting spots so we added a couple of benches as well today.

Tomorrow I’ll finish the stone pathway and next week the trench should be filled in once it is inspected by the town. Very exciting! It’s getting close now! 🙂

Chicken Planning….

Step One: My journey begins with a trip to the Town Hall (February, 2019) to ensure that we can have chickens. We have a little over 7 acres and while I was fairly certain we could have them but, I wanted to be sure. The answer was yes, we could have them and to my surprise we can even have roosters and goats! Insert – Happy Dance!!

Step Two: My husband and I had been to an open house at Clark Farm here in CT a couple of years back and saw first hand beautifully crafted chicken coops that were predator proof! We definitely have predators here as we live on a cove and sit in the middle of a forest. So, I ordered a Gambrel style chicken coop (end of February) that measures 5′ wide with nest box 6′ x 6′ Long and 6′ Tall. The coop/run will be delivered mid-May and I will do another blog post on that day.

Image on Clark Farm websiteh

I also ordered the 6′ walk-in run to match.

Also shown on Clark Farm website and it will be painted to match the barn red gambrel coop.

Now, this was not the first coop/run I ordered. I was going to get a much smaller one that wasn’t a walk-in and housed fewer chickens. After much thought and reading up on maintenance I chose the walk-in for easier access, cleaning, and well….space for more chickens! 🙂

I also ordered all of my chickens and one rooster from them! The types are pictured below and yes, I’ve already named them! They will be raised as pets and for their eggs.

I learned while at the Town Hall that I would need to complete a building permit and site plan. Check! This was approved to move forward!

Step 3: We had a professional electrician come out last week (April 6, 2019) to dig a trench that runs from the house out to the coop/run area. That too, needs to be inspected before covering the trench and then we can clean up the ground area.

So, I’ve thought about doing this for almost 20 years and it is really exciting to see all of this coming together! I am also an artist and plan to paint my chickens when they arrive!

Painting done years ago! Looking forward to painting my own chickens soon! Visit my art website to learn more about my art:

My Chicken Journey Begins…

Thanks for joining me!

Have you always dreamed of owning chickens? I have for almost 20 years and my journey is finally beginning!  I thought I would share my journey for those that are currently dreaming of getting chickens.  I will share my process and experiences as they happen!

We are located in Lyme, CT and I am also an artist.  Lyme is known for art colonies and we have the Goodspeed Opera House and the Ivoryton Playhouse close by.  My chickens that are I will be receiving early this summer are pictured below.  The coop you see in the image below is currently being built, as is the chicken run!  They are due to arrive mid-May and I will share that day here!