"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 flood. Show all posts
Showing posts with label flood. 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.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Rain, Simple Life and ...

Recently I shared that we rarely have rain, and low and behold we had a flooding rain today. The boys and I spent the afternoon treading to the pens to rescue many of our young flock and the goats. My heart was heavy as I thought of those in the Midwest, because my concern was only for the animals as my home and vehicles were fine.

Here is an opportunity for my readers to see just how we have created the houses with salvaged materials for our little farm. The gates and actual houses are made from campaign signs from several friends who have been in office. In the United States we have come to a point where everything that we have is a status for what we have become and who we are. It was hard at first not to rush down to the hardware store and buy all new materials for our projects.

On our path of simplicity we decided NO MORE.

Now I will confess in my home I am not using such humble items. I am just recovering, remaking, refurnishing, or painting what already is there. So my post that began on rain has turned to a window into my life just a bit more.

Ducks are in heaven!!!

Looking to the Dominique pen, the duck pen and what we call the nursery(the teen hens). Yes we have made shade shelters...if you click on the photo you can see more clearly...it is over 100* daily!!(notice the kiddie pool it is 8" high)

Looking down the lane.

As we opened the pens to lock in the hens to their houses the ducks kept following us and played everywhere! Even the goose was totally enjoying himself.

By the way I again have 10 chicks 4 weeks old and the new turkey in my bathroom...their pen flooded as we were gathering them, tossing them into an ice chest and hauling them inside!

I must say we will be changing a few things in the barnyard as soon as it clears up and dries out!!

Oh and total cost for pens and houses...12 2x 4's, nails, and pool for the ducks. All else is salvaged. I used the paint from the house projects.(it is my third color for the inside)

I confess that I have not prayed at all for those in the Midwest...I am fixing that now. Please add those in the flood zone to your prayer list, as their homes have not dried out and many have been in shelters for weeks.