Over the past few weeks we have done a pretty good job of kicking our own butts. Kem does so much more than I do, and I feel horrid when I complain, because I know this; however, when you throw your back out and every move you make feels as if someone is stabbing you repeatedly, it is hard to keep it shut. LOL
This weekend has been beyond busy… Kem started building chicken tractors for the new additions. The Blue Andalusian girls will be in the Chicken Palace above and the meat birds will go into something like the one in the far background (I’ll get better pics later)….
Eventually we will have a Chicken Palace #1, #2 and #3: one for the Blue Andalusians, one for the Welsummers that are coming (yep, I got my way 🙂 ), one for the Americanas/Auracanas/Easter-Eggers/Olive-Eggers. 🙂 The meat birds will be divided into 4 of the low tractors as they grow.
Next is the rabbit colony…. We have 8 babies and 3 pinkies…. add that to the 6 juniors, the buck and the 4 mamas….. we are having bunny explosions… because they are doing what bunnies do…….
We finally got the weeds cut – YAY! – between the push mower and the rider we cut probably 2/2.5 acres closest to the house… so about that… it kicked our butts! But it is a happy sore, if you know what I mean.
Garden is now ready to be planted – we finally had a break in the rain that allowed us to pull weeds and work it to the point where we can actually plant. We covered it in black plastic to discourage growth until we can plant this weekend.
The ducks are adjusting well. This pic is from the day they arrived. They will be ready to go into a transition brooder next week – where they will be outside in the daytime and inside at night; then once they are feathered Kem is building them a habitat by the smaller pond. It will border the dog area, so predators will be less of an issue.
Turkeys and Welsummers will be delivered in May, more turkeys in July and probably more meat birds in August – these birds will eventually go in tractors over the garden for the winter – tilling, weed control and fertilization in one compact package… work smarter, not harder is our motto.
So that is about it – a ton accomplished reduced to a few sentences! LOL
While we primarily moved here for the purpose of self-sustainability (to the point where it still makes sense to us…), we also wanted to have a way for Kem to “not work” – well to not GO to an off property work place every day. At this present time he commutes about 75 miles daily…
I have been busy beyond belief, yet feel as if I get little accomplished with what is going on. I know this is a feeling most people on farms or farmstead/homesteads can appreciate. We started the addition to the living room – so the house is in even more of a shambles than it was before
We gained another dog from someone that thought they could hide a miniature horse from their landlord apparently…. why, oh why?
I realize that opens up a *huge* can of worms,