Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tomorrow is Chicken Day!

The laying hens arrive tomorrow!

I am so very excited…if you haven’t noticed.

Still more to be done on the coop today. 

Need to figure out the electric fencing sometime, too.

And this the view that greeted me when I woke up this morning.

Still…I’m getting chickens!!  Eek!

Chicken and chick feed has been purchased.
Wood chips and straw…check. *
Oyster shell…check.
Exterior door, yep.
Interior door, yep…but needs tweaking.

All holes pugged, working on it.
Chicken door…shoot, I forgot a chicken door!
Roosts made…not yet.

Tomorrow, eh?
Coffee has been drunk.
Time to get to work!!



*How 
many straw bales fit in the back of a Honda Odyssey? …7,  seven straw bales will fit.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Chicken Count Down!

The countdown continues…

Chickens in 5 days.

I’m not ready!!

I’m more ready than I was…but I am not ready.
Still need to clean up the "chicken yard."

The coop needs more work.  I don’t have any chicken feed for them yet.  I don’t even know what I am going to feed them.  Still need bedding for them.  Nesting boxes, roosts.  A waterer!  

Being more ready than I was is still not being ready…and I am freaking out a bit.  So many hours we have worked.  We have saved so much money retro fitting the granary to be a coop but the hours we have spent!!

So. Much. Time.

Time well spent.  

It is good to work with my hands.  It is good to work with my kids.  It is good to be tired...bone tired...because of all the work.  It is good to rest after I work!  The "rest" is a reward and a time to reflect on all that was done.  Even to reflect on who I am becoming.  I love it! 

And the fresh air is wonderful.  

God sure does know what He is doing.  Which is good, cause I am making it up as I go...hoping and praying that I am in His will.  And doing the best that I can.

Being not ready might even be good for me.  I can only do so much in the time I have. I will do all that I can and then...God has this...He has me and my family.  I won't worry about it.  Sometimes I begin to worry but then I stop because I am so tired that I forget.  Weird.  I think it's the bone tired that makes me forget to worry.  Worry doesn't stop the draft.  Worry won't get the roosts up.  

And...

Chickens.

I can not wait!

Anyway, supper has been eaten and there is still some sun in the sky.  Time to put in a couple more minutes.


Just need to get out of my recliner, first.
 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Seeds

So, on this strange strange weather day…that started with 3 inches of snow but has turned into almost sun and copious melting, we decided to start some seeds.

A bit late, I know.

But hey, it was snowing this morning.  It’s not like I could put seeds in the ground.  We live in Zone 3!

My little pond.
I love to mix dirt.  I love getting my hands dirty.  
Teaching the children how to get the right mix of “soil” and vermicompost and water.  



It is wonderful to see the kids taking an interest and helping out.  Letting them choose the seed they want to plant.  Letting them fill the little pots with soil and drop in the seed and cover them and water…ever so carefully.

In the garage, I found two heated seed mats!  I have always wanted to buy some but I have never done so.  Couldn’t bring myself to pay for them.  They have been used but when I plugged them in, they work!  I am so excited!  Can’t believe my luck.

There are now way too many tomatoes seeds planted in way too many little pots.  Along with way too many zucchini seeds and not enough flowers…but flowers do not need the supplemental heat, I don’t think.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Patiently in the Snow

Snow.

I am tired of snow.

I want sun and warmth and green grass and growing things and fire pits and naps in the yard.

Not inches of snow…3 inches so far, this morning.

It is beautiful…and makes me so angry.

I need to clean up the yard and finish the coop.  Burn some more rotted wood.  Finish taking apart the old greenhouse and clean up that area.  Break ground for the garden. Plant seeds.

God patiently teaches me the lessons that I need to learn.  It does not matter what I want.  He makes the plans.  He knows what is best.  I must wait upon Him.

Sigh.  
I want it my way.  
Sigh.

I will wait upon the Lord.  I will wait and read His word and search Him out and learn His way.  

I will also...
              Slow down...
and warm up by the fire, read my book, drink some tea, watch some youtube, and enjoy my family. 

We will rejoice in the Lord always. 


The snow truly is beautiful!  He does good work!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Chickens Chickens Chickens

I am not sure if you have noticed or not but I am ridiculously excited to get chickens!!

Seriously, it would be almost embarrassing if I was the type of person who cared about such things. 

    I.
Can. 
Not. 
Wait.

I am getting 20 laying hens on April, 26th.  They will be 13 months old and laying eggs already.  

So.
Excited.

They are Novogen Layers.  
I will be bringing them home in my Mini Van…in cardboard boxes, in my Mini Van.

It will be fun.

We are refurbishing an old granary for a chicken coop.  A temporary chicken coop.  I have plans.  Surprising, right?

AND…

I am getting 75 broilers.  Two days after starting with my layers, I will be bringing home 75 day old chicks!  

I mean, really!  I can hardly contain myself!

Build this brooder for them.  http://www.plamondon.com/wp/build-200-chick-brooder-two-hours-20/  It is going to be wonderful.  Just need to finish the rest of their “enclosure” before they come.  Then I need to think about the type of “tractor” I will be building for them.

STILL need to finish working on the granary-converted-to-chicken-coop I've got going on.  Need to patch the roof and all the holes in the walls and wrap it in plastic, I think.  And add roosts and nesting boxes and buy feed and watering dishes and FEED and figure out the electric fence and cross my fingers that the coyotes don't find us before I get it all worked out.  

There is so very much to do before THE DAY arrives…and the weather seems to not care, AT ALL.  

(Seriously, Weather…that is enough cold and SNOW.  I am sure you have heard from others this year but, it’s April!  Stop snowing and warm up!)



(All pictures are from Pixabay.  I don't have the chickens, yet.)