I've been driving myself nuts trying to design a chicken coop. Honestly, there are too many choices and builds online without sufficient details in the plans about materials needed. So, I drew up my own plans. In my reading, everything said plan on more chickens than you have to account for replenishing your flock. So, … Continue reading Chicken Coop Plans
Thursday evening, my son's babysitter sent me a text asking if she and her boyfriend could take my little man out for a day at the aquarium. For starters, both of them go to my church, and I trust them. Second, my son loves Miss Shelby, because, well frankly, she's a very pretty blonde, southern … Continue reading My Toddler’s First Day Out
So we're going to have to terrace our hillside in order to be able to garden in it. A useable slope is about 2%, or 1 foot of rise for every 50 feet of run. Our slope is about 8%. To find that, I used a simple equation from Algebra 1 I never thought I'd … Continue reading Finding the Slope
Busy day! We picked up our last two chicks at the co-op this morning- Black Cuckoo Marans. They're doing fine with the others and we now have our full flock of 9. I have a suspicion that one of our Buff Orpingtons is a rooster, based on size and wing sexing, but I've also never … Continue reading Terracing, Burning, and Grooming
My son is so much fun to watch. He is learning and growing and I can't believe how entertained I am by him. Today he's been rather contrary. It's raining outside so I pulled out the box of indoor activities; blocks, flash card games, coloring... Nothing doing. He WANTS to be outside in the rain! … Continue reading My Little Farm Boy
When I was a kid, chicken day meant a trip to KFC after church on Sunday. Not so today! My husband woke up early to drive to the co-op and pick up our day old chicks before work. We've got 3 Buff Orpingtons (yellow chicks), 2 Ameraucanas (pretty brown patterned ones), and 2 Black Australorps … Continue reading It’s Chicken Day!!!
Lots going on here lately! 7 of our 9 baby chicks come tomorrow, the other two will be here Friday. The brooder is set up, but we're debating using a bigger box. We'll see once they get here. Finally got the temp to settle at about 95°F under the heat lamp, until about 3:00pm when … Continue reading Homestead Update: Chicks, Beds, and Veggies
preparation and management are key to ensuring they get glad in the same pants they got mad in...unless the original pants are splattered with pear sauce... Then I get my son clean pants.
It hit 73°F today... Weird winter we're having... In any case, we've been able to get a good bit of work done. Here's how the swale is coming along: My husband dug a lot of holes in his devil dog days. The skill and experience is paying off. And he thought he'd never use his … Continue reading Swale Progress
My son heard the words, "work outside" and he decided he was ready to go. On the docket for today is swale digging! I marked out the land contour last weekend so this weekend my husband is taking the opportunity to begin digging. I have to admit, when I put time and effort into researching … Continue reading Outside Day