Sunday, August 21, 2016
In the above photo Don is in his workshop and I am in the nest box room of the chicken coop.
Don in the "Egg room" looking into his workshop
Don on the workshop side looking into the coop
Filling the nest boxes with shavings
Putting the top hinged door on the back of the nest boxes. The bottom door will be hinged too.
Checking out the nest boxes
Looking out the chicken coop window down to the chicken run
The girls are molting and there are tons of feathers everywhere. Today when I was raking out the run and putting new bedding in the coop I couldn't resist grabbing a few. I am going to try sketching in my art journal with them using some oak gall ink.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Success! The first post is cemented in.
The braces are just a support until the cement dries
As you can see in this second hole there is not much topsoil at this spot before you hit ledge.
Setting out the white line posts is a lot easier than installing all the corner posts. The tension from the electric fence requires really solid corner posts. The line posts, between corners don't need to be as solid.
Mixing the cement in the hot, hot sun!
Shoveling the cement over the rebar
The 3rd post had to be installed directly on the ledge. Don added a pin that goes into the ledge and up into the post and the the + of pins in the post like the other. Plus he drilled four other pins down into the ledge. The cement will be poured over all to those pins up onto the post. The wooden frame is just a form to hold the cement and will be removed later.
Friday, August 19, 2016
We have been so focused on building the chicken coop and goat barn, fencing in the chicken run and goat pasture etc.. that we didn't get a garden planted this year. Our compost pile saw our dilemma and came through with some broccoli, two different types of tomatoes and some spaghetti squash. I also had some horseradish root left over after making Fire Cider so I stuck that in the ground and it is growing like crazy. I made sure to keep that where it would not be too invasive. I so love these free garden gifts that happen with cold compost piles.
There are tons of small cherry tomatoes ripening
Larger tomatoes are growing in two different places
This is just one of the areas with the cherry tomatoes. There are tons of them.
In other news, I rescued this prehistoric looking grasshopper from the pool today. He was nearly a goner by the time I found him. I wonder if this is his grateful look?
The hydrangeas looked stunning in the sun this afternoon
And these two, Niko and Bilbo, well they just looked too darn cute not to include in today's post.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
The roosters, (Yes plural), are learning to crow and it is adorable! They have these feeble, wobbly attempts as they stretch their vocal cords in an effort to belt out a full on cock-a-doodle-doo. About the plural part, so far we have counted 6 rosters. We had ordered 1 Buff Orpington and 1 NH Red roo and the hatchery thew in a free Easter Egger roo. The Easter Egger is a little banty so I'm not sure how he will make out with the big meat/egg breed roos but I read that roosters raised together from day one get along better. Still he is a cocky little banty. Some of these roosters will end up in the freezer and will supply us with delicious soups and broths during the winter. For that we are grateful.
The Welsummers were a breed I really wanted but the chicks were only available straight run, (not sexed), so I ended up with 3 roos out of 5 Wellsummer chicks. These Welsummer roosters are so beautiful though. Think Kellogg's Corn Flakes cereal box rooster.
The 3rd Welsummer roo looking proud and beautiful
Over on the far right is the little Bantam Easter Egger roo. He is sitting here with his harem. He sure is a cocky little guy and if he bosses the others around too much he may have to go. The hen's in this photo are (from left to right) Silver Laced Wyandotte, Black Australorp , and Plymouth Barred rock
Here she is close up. What a sweetie. I need to come up with a name for her.
The Silver Laced Wyandotte hens are stunning.
Just chilling on one of the roosts
A Silver Laced Wyandotte and a Black Australorp snuggling together on the roost.
The girls hanging at the waterer. The brown one in the center is one of the two Welsummer hens, I think, I hope ;-) Wish more than two of them had turned out to be hens.