Well this past week or so it seems we’ve had rainy days more than sunny days and this week is no different. I did manage to build the structure for the chicken’s playpen in between having to cut the grass and getting our garden ready for spring planting.
I’ve also learned how to fix splayed legs for baby chicks just in case I come across that problem in the future thanks to Julie. I’ve also seen photos of her new baby chicks and it just isn’t fair for her to put them there to make me want to start being a midwife and nanny from the get go.
Thankfully I do not have the acreage to have sheep or else I’d want to add them also. Though I’m still considering goats as an alternative. Just need to keep focused on finishing the set up for the chickens. Below is a photo of our neighbors in the field next door.
We are thinking of making a permanent roof for the chicken yard instead of using netting or more chicken wire. As for the foxes I read somewhere that it’s easier to just lay welded fencing on the ground inside the yard and cover it with dirt than to dig a ditch around the perimeter and extend the fencing down.
I read that chickens like to take dirt baths and haven’t figured how that works in a very heavy clay soil that doesn’t create any dust. All I can imagine is having a bunch of chickens with red stained feathers.
I also need to fix some kind of overhang on the shed’s windows so it doesn’t rain inside so I can keep them open in the summer.
I have one question though. It seems you can’t buy a bundle of hay around here without finding hay mold inside the bale. Will the mold hurt the chickens?
Also, my Kindle blew up this week and I’m devastated. I read constantly and feel lost without it.
Last spring we built ourselves a Koi Pond. The depth is 40 inches the middle ½ of the pond with shelves about 24 inches deep at each end to allow us to place potted plants on. The plants you see in the photo grow to about 4 to 5 feet in height and fill in each end of the pond. We love to go out in the morning before the sun gets up and drink our coffee. As the sun comes up and the lights around the pond perimeter go out we then feed the fish and go inside.
We have 3 Koi in the pond named, Life, Liberty and Happiness. (My wife Beth named the fish.) We also have 2-3 frogs that have taken up residence inside the pond and we can hear them croaking at night outside the bedroom window.
Dan Shaw is a guest contributor to WoolyAcres and has a fun site where you can download tons of free ebook cookbooks and some children’s books as well at http://www.diyyardandhome.com