The Chick Inn – Established 2016

Several of you have been following my excitement about our progress of a chicken coop we have been building over the last 4 weeks.  I have been wanting one for a few years now and Brad made this dream come true this past Mother’s Day. We searched and searched different plans and designs and we found the basic frame we wanted and then Brad basically designed the interior himself.  Some people commented this chicken coop might need a separate Home Owner Association fee because it’s a hen house mansion or like living at the Ritz!  Cameron even thought it might be a great game room/man cave for him!  But truth be told it’s a 12 x 6 hen house that we painted barn house red where we hope we have great egg layers and add a few fancy feathered family members!

So why add this responsibility on top of our already crazy schedule? Truth is, with our schedules it can easily spin out of control and we could find ourselves spending no quality time together with family. Believe me we do this a lot already! We could easily be Uber-ing our children to their activities and therapies and basically conquer and divide tasks so we would never spend any time together as a family.  Then when you add a little thing called work, there are times Brad and I are lucky to even learn about how each of our days were.  Building this coop has given us a purpose and reason to be able to stay connected and spend time together and add a little laughter too.

Cody currently spends 38 hours a week with his 4 therapists in our home and Cameron has in hands in so much with baseball,  band and end of school activities.  Adding “The Chick Inn” will give me something to spend my time on during those therapy sessions. This phase in our lives, keep us very home bound and if we are going to be home bound we might as well be laying eggs too!  Knowing me, I will start running a full-time co –op before it’s all said and done from my home with fresh farm eggs and produce!  These things make me happy.

I also read about how chickens make wonderful companions for children. Daily tasks such as collecting eggs, taking out food scraps and replacing fresh water can all be done by young children which in turn, teaches them about contributing to the household and looking after animals. Your child’s immune system, mental health and happiness will also benefit from owning feathered friends.  I am not sure yet how Cody will react yet with our new feathered family members and I am sure it will take some time for him but if he watches his Bro I am sure he will follow suit eventually.

Another great benefit I learned is you will live longer! Brad and I are “older” parents and I will take whatever we can get our hands on these days!  Studies have shown that those of us with pets live happier, healthier and longer lives. It’s all attributed to the love hormone oxytocin that’s released when you pet or hug your animal. Where most people think of cats and dogs as the best companions, a small flock of hens added to your mix can do the same!

I will be sure to blog an update on The Chick Inn.  If you have any fun name ideas for our feathered friends, please feel free to comment.

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Published by mamalamaneustupa

Bio My name is Shelley Neustupa. I am a mother of two cool boys and a wife of 22 years to my high school sweetheart. My oldest son attends the University of Oklahoma. Boomer! My youngest is in 2nd grade and was diagnosed with Autism and Mixed Receptive Expressive Disorder at age 2. Since his diagnosis, I promised him I would advocate and educate as hard as he works each day in therapy. I began writing and have been able to touch many parents that may be new to this journey providing them with actual experiences (not candy coated), support and resources through my entries. Writing is my therapy and my hope one day that my nonverbal son will be able to take these diaries and speak about his own journey and how autism relates to his own experiences. Who knows he and his older brother may become National Speaker’s one day? Come along on our journey to better understand our lives through the eyes of a boy with autism, his Skilled Companion dog Jude, his big brother (and best friend) and mom and dad. My raw vulnerability captures the everyday moments of our journey and will bring even more awareness. A week does not go by where we do not learn something new about ourselves and I want to share these chapters with you. My Sons Undeniable Strengths… Extremely smart and figures out things quickly. Has a memory that allows him to remember more things than I could ever hope for. Persuasive by his personality and sheepish looks. Overabundance of stamina and strength. Loves the outdoors. Enjoys life and always has fun with an unforgettable smile. You can find us here: Writer: Autism Through His Eyes Facebook Instagram YouTube Pinterest Canine Companions for Independence News Interview Cody and Skilled Companion Jude - Our Story

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