"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005
Showing posts with label chicken coop. Show all posts
Showing posts with label chicken coop. Show all posts

Thursday, July 31, 2008

After the Flood(again!)

After having record rains for the month of July, we decided to find high ground for the animals. We thought after the first flood that hit in early July that we were ready for almost anything.

Well we weren't, and the Hurricane that hit the Gulf proved this to us. So we quickly built new pens on the highest part of the property. It just so happens that this was the traffic circle that the previous owner put in. It had ornamental cactus, and desert plants...sigh, we have those all over*! So we fenced this off and moved the 2 flocks of birds.

Instead of the neat chicken coops we had(which we couldn't move) we came up with handy dandy quick coops. True to our quest to use salvage materials for our humble farm, we created these coops.

The boys took 3 pallets(we pick up from businesses around town~ as they toss them) and 2 sheets of plywood that Bill's friend in construction gave us(leftover from construction job). They took the judges campaign signs for the ends.

The main perch is a piece of 3/4 inch conduit that we actually found on the property. I made the ladder perches from limbs and branches here and there(I copied the southwestern idea:-)

The nests are 2/3 of strawberry buckets that we get from the local custard shop. The boys cut the bottom third off-to be used for feed trays, and this is the top third. It allows me to scrub the nests and keep them cleaner than the wood nests, as I can use a bleach solution to wipe them out.(we made 3 like this)

Here is the new goat pen(and soon similar one for the sheep). Notice it is the same concept as the chicken coops. I do have more barn red paint and will paint the pens, in the next few weeks.

Here are Daisy, Maisy and want a be goat, Pepsi. We gave the goats this award platform that we had made for the homeschool field day from a few years ago. The goats love this!!(the white sign in the back is a campaign sign from the judge, and it is to patch a small area in the fence.)

Colonel Sanders...Third is taking him to the fair in August

3 from the mixed flock...

one of the Turkens

2 of the Dominiques...Fourth is going to take a Dominique, and an Ameraucana...Miss Scarlet to the fair.

this is McBobber an Ameraucana...Second is going to take her to the Fair in August.

Egg production this month has been slow. I know that the weather has had a huge impact. We still are doing well, and the Dominiques are due to start laying this month. We also have 10 that will begin laying in September and then ten additional ones in October.

Sheep arrive this weekend. 2 Rams, and three ewes(one adult 2 lambs) We have 2 pens set up, and the sheep we worked in trade for are Navajo sheep, and are desert dwellers. They will do quite well here. I have been researching wool and there is a fairly big market for it, although we are getting the sheep for a variety of reasons. 1) walking food 2) flock that can continue to grow(and sell for meat...$9.00 per pound) 3) wool to sell or card and spin into yarn bundles...

I really seek out multi purpose items and the sheep definitely fit. I cannot believe how easy this transition to simplicity has been. No, I better correct myself. This path that we are on has been arduous, starting from Bills life altering accident to his recovery, to the move from Nevada to New Mexico, to buying a run down beat up place that we saw as a farm in progress. It has been 3.5 years since the accident...the hardest part about all of this is the tremendous difference in salary that Bill made in Law Enforcement to what he makes while going to school.

I will be honest, I became comfortable in my spending. Now we ration and even spend change. But all of these things that happened to us have been an amazing witness to God and His mercy, and how we can do all things through Him.

The learning that we have done in these months has been incredible. I mean, chicks in the bathroom...under the heat lamp! Goats?! We will have milk and I am studying how to make cheeses and plan on making goat milk soap. Sheep?! Again who would have thought that we would be raising sheep? Ducks! Boy are they messy indoors...we had them inside when it was cold. Now that they are outside we do enjoy them, and plan on next year eating duck. These 4 will be used for breeding. Oh and the goose!? The turkey!? You better believe that one can provide for their own. It is a good work, like in Genesis and the sweat of ones brow.

So we chalk up this month as a learning curve and know that other things will hit, but we can and will continue on, simple, forward, and focusing on Him.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Bits of the Farm

Here is Fourth, today. It is very cold here, that darn global warming bites again!

The duck pen. If you are wondering about the green thing in the background, it was at my local grocery store by the dumpster. I asked the manager if I could salvage this~one because I thought it was cool! and two because it has many purposes. This has four shelves(circular) and this was the banana top to the banana stand that is usually in the cereal aisle. The shelves are currently in the green house.

Here is the new coop yard. It is next to the duck pen, and will house the 19 hens. We will keep the chick brooder with the 9 new chicks with this batch of hens.

Every morning I muck out the coops, and the dust leaves residual on the recycled windows...I wrote a message for my sweetie, can you see it?

Remember the Mesquite trees and the branches with the thorns? We dug out 19 in the backyard. We have a pile of the branches...to get rid of, but I was thinking as I was doing the dishes and came up with this idea. I wove the branches(with many pokes and thorns to my hands) in the chicken wire. This gives shade to the yard in the afternoon. Eventually I will do the top also, and the new coop yard. Happy chickens lay yummy eggs and taste even better!!

Turkens you wonder???They are the brown birds. They have no feathers around the neck and look(to me) creepy. But they are chickens. The white one is a turkey and you can tell a turkey by the little pimple like bump on his head. Here is a photo of what a turken will look like full grown. I went on a tour of a farm that has rare breeds of birds and she had these little ones. She offered the male and female to me to start up breeding and selling turkens. I figured why not? I mean if we do nothing but eat the eggs and raise them, it will be fine with me. And I took the birds others must be willing too, right??lol

Yes, you could definitely say that living in the southwest has inspired this perch. I made this with branches from around the property. We had one perch in the coop, and I knew that they needed more so here it is.

I was not sure if it could be seen clearly so I brought it to the yard, and up a hen jumped to test it in the yard.

I tried to take another shot, bird free...no such luck. That is Colonel Sanders in the shot giving me the once over!

Thanks for visiting me on the farm. I hope you understand that we are trying to reuse or salvage nearly everything that we can, and still live cozy and comfy being the best stewards that we can be.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Double Nickel Coop

UPDATE:Because you asked...Colonel Sanders is the rooster! The kids named him, and I think it fits. He is a mix breed, but works for us! For those not in the US...We have a fast food restaurant called Kentucky Fried Chicken and the mascot/owner was Colonel Sanders!

Today I am revealing the chicken coop. This project has a few interesting facts that I would like to share with you.

* the construction crew is all 15 and under

* only 3 items were purchased...the roofing nails, the galvanized wire to affix the chicken wire, and six 2x4's for the framing

* everything else was salvaged...rest of 2x4's and roof from an old shed we tore down and saved, shingles from old shed-and around the property on ground, chicken wire-left over from construction site(used for stucco), door-old closet door, hinges-from this and that, fence post-from judge, signs that insulate the inside-from the judge, paper shred-from Bill's office, feed container-from a friend, gate-a pallet converted, floor-salvaged plywood-from the judge, and placed on 4 pallets, screws-in tool box.

* project from start to finish took around 3 weeks, but in actual hours...around 10

* paint was borrowed from inside house project(Fourth and I decided that it needed a barn look)

* parents of home schooled children very proud and somewhat choked up at the success of the kids, with such invention, ingenuity, and complete freedom...did so much.
So here are the photos...

I didn't explain any of the photos as I think you get the idea! I wanted you to see the way the windows and doors and hatch opened and closed. I also wanted you to notice the photo with Colonel Sanders, in the background you can see brush and Mesquite. Before they began the coop they cleared the area and removed the Mesquite. This is no easy task!

And if you skip down to the previous post you can see I asked if you could guess what the windows are made of in the coop? Did you guess? Well they are salvaged from a refrigerator that had broken shelves. Yes look again

Isn't that hilarious?

Now we have a bit more to complete: completely finish the nests, make 2 more perches, make a covered area in the yard, and cover the top of the yard in chicken wire to protect from hawks and the likes!