Pandemic projects: Father-daughter duo raise chickens, build 'winter palace'

As COVID-19 spread across the globe last year, like many of us, Gerald Hickman worried.

“One of our first concerns about the pandemic was are we going to get any food,” he recalled.

So, in early April, he and his daughter, Shannon Hickman, bought four day-old chicks.

“Shannon wanted sheep, or maybe ducks,” he said grinning. “But she settled for chickens.”

Gerald, a retired wildlife biologist, is no stranger to raising chickens.

“My mother raised chickens and sold eggs. One of my earliest jobs was cleaning out the coop.”

More than just a source of eggs, the chickens are part of Shannon’s plan to revitalize their Cheney backyard into

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