Chicken Run – 1

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Building a Chicken Run | 4 Comments



Hello! Let me introduce you to our family.  We are the Ubers.  Meredith and I have 3 sons Marschall, Garrett, and Braxton.   We wanted to add chickens to our family for quite a while but we had our home for sale and since it took a couple years to find a buyer we held off.  We moved last year and started talking again about adding our first flock of backyard chickens.  This Fall I began building a chicken run and we made it a family project!



Why add backyard chickens to our family?  That requires a little background information.  I grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania on 100 + acres.  We had plenty of space, woods to explore and animals to take care of.   We had cows, goats, pigs, and a coop that held a couple dozen chickens.  Although I’m sure I grumbled about them to my parents, I have fond memories or raising farm animals.  I look back and see that feeding, watering and protecting them taught me responsibility and gave me nearly endless adventures as a boy.


After graduating I moved to a less rural area in North Carolina where I met my wife, Meredith.  After a few years of marriage we started adding to our family and were blessed with 3 sons about 2 years apart in age each.


They are handfuls to say the least. Each of them is an individual but they are similar in their intensity for life, staying active and being at each other’s throats.  After breaking up countless fights…

brothers, brothers fight, brothers wrestling, backyard chickens, family life

Our photographer took this while “trying” to shoot our Christmas Card last year

and many trips to the Urgent Cares in our area, Meredith and I quickly took on the mantra “keep them sweaty”.  So we did the usual things parents do for active children which is put them in sports and outside activities.  The thought that kept coming to me was that teaching them to care for animals would also be good for our boys.  Since we don’t have a lot of land I knew large animals like cows and horses weren’t an option.  Chickens was any easy choice. All I had to do was convince my lovely wife that this would not all fall to her.  Meredith already loves animals but grew up in suburbia and had experience with only a family dog.   She took my word for it that getting chickens would have a positive affect on our boys and family.


We have a generous friend gift us one of her coops and several of her chickens since she is moving.  This was one less thing to plan. If it doesn’t last very long it is fine with us because we plan to order a coop from Urban Coop Company that will last.  Now we can focus on a location for our chicken run!


chicken coop, backyard chickens, chicken run


To keep this concise and hopefully interesting we plan to share our adventure in building a chicken run and getting our first flock. Check back for our next stage in choosing the right spot in our our yard and breaking ground!


Blessings to you,

Uber Family


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  1. Amy
    December 2, 2016

    My best chicken advice is this: Make the coop and run bigger than you plan. You will always WANT more! And chicken math is not taught in any school!

    • peter
      December 7, 2016

      Amy, That is good advice and our plan. Thanks for reading about our journey!

      Peter Uber

  2. Maria
    December 3, 2016

    Welcome to the wonderful world of chickens???

    • peter
      December 7, 2016

      Thank you, Maria. Our family is very excited.


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