Last night at 11:45 PM, on the eve of my birthday I was getting ready for some well-deserved beauty rest when the phone rang. I wondered as I went to answer the phone, why someone would be calling so late. My neighbor urgently informed me that there was a fire in our backyard.
I had just finished watching a second episode of Psyche with my 2 teenagers, so they were still up. We ran out our back deck and saw a bright light and sparks coming from the side of the house. It was coming from our chicken coop.
I immediately called 911. The flames were big at first, and reaching into a nearby tree. I wanted to be sure it wouldn’t spread. They told me to get all my kids out of the house if it was anywhere close. I could see it was far enough from the house that it probably wouldn’t endanger us, and there was no way I was going to drag 5 little children out of bed into the freezing cold if the danger wasn’t imminent.
The chickens were running around crazily when my son Nathan got there and opened the door to get them out. He had trouble getting the last few out, but got all he could find. We found out later that one had been trapped inside
All our hoses were frozen, and I couldn’t find the new one I had bought. I called a couple neighbors, but one didn’t answer and the other didn’t have an unfrozen hose.
Nathan and Raquel (13 yrs) started filling plastic pitchers of water to throw onto the fire.
This brought down the flames before the fire trucks arrived. We had just put in a new heat lamp, and figured the lamp or an electrical short was the cause of the fire.
The fire trucks took longer than I thought they would, to arrive. Luckily they didn’t have any sirens on.
The firemen brought hoses and doused the area well.
No less than a dozen firefighters were huddled around our little coop. I thought it was a bit funny actually.
The sheriff took my vital information while the firemen thoroughly raked and drenched the soil. When there was no more smoke or embers, they pulled out.
So, you may be thinking, too bad about our coop, right? Well, I have to tell you how this event was actually a blessing.
Two weeks ago we were bemoaning the fact that our chickens weren’t laying enough eggs for our family demand. Right in the middle of our conversation, I decided to make an order of 25 female chicks to be delivered in the month of April. My husband had mentioned how hard it was to clean and retrieve the eggs out of current coop. So I checked out eBay for new coops, found an affordable hen house and purchased it.
The hen house arrived by UPS about a week ago. We put the box in the garage, planning to put it together next month. We were wondering how we would get the old coop out, since it was pretty much glued into the ground with years of hard packed mud and chicken guano.
So, you see, that problem was solved. Last night I got on my knees after everything was over, and thanked the God of my understanding for His gracious blessings and watchful care over our family.
Next I’ll tell you about the adventure we had today with the new chicken coop