Wow What A Weekend!

So we really gave our new gal a workout this weekend. And a borrowed chainsaw…(super nice to have one of those around) We’ve got about a third of the property brush hogged, today we chainsawed our way back through the woods access road and cleared the access road of fallen trees and logs to rescue our old disc. A sizeable tree had even grown up between the bars and discs and had to be dealt with.
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But, we got it out and brought it back. It will need a little TLC, but for the first time in six years, I won’t have to try and till with a walk behind machine or bribe and barter with a neighbor to come and till our vegetable plot. I think we may even expand the garden this year, as I have the storefront in town that I can push some excess produce through. And, I have learned my lesson and will not be planting the corn nearest to the woods, as the deer got all but about a half dozen ears last year, and deer fence is simply not in this year’s budget.

 
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There was apparently some drama over in the chicken’s winter quarters last night…everyone was very stirred up this morning, and I found a large hole dug in the rear corner of the Marans coop from the other side. I was thinking something a bit larger, but T insists it’s probably Rat related. So the rodent boxes have been restocked with bait blocks, and some were thrown down the holes for good measure on the non-chicken side.
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However, then the borrowed chainsaw went to lumberjacking the teenaged trees out of the new coop runs. Weather permitting tomorrow, I’ll put up the top netting and a new gate, and then the birds should be able to be moved to their warm weather digs even as I finish replacing the center floor inside.
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A couple more days until I can candle the incubator eggs…I will try and post some pics when I do!

I hope everyone had a marvelous weekend!
 

 

 

 

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Author: The Fun E Farm

We're a family in a tiny map dot called Frankford, DE, on 8 acres. I read waaaay too many homesteading books and articles and my heart's definitely in the right place, although it's not always commensurate with the ages old battle between the ambitions of a mere human versus the time on one's hands and the capabilities they possess. This blog is designed to chronicle our search for sustainability and sanity (which I'm not quite sure we ever possessed to begin with), working with what we have and whatever else we can put our broke-ass hands on. Now the disclaimers: If things that happen on a farm offend you, (i.e. POOP, the use of food animals for (gasp) food, birth, death, hunting, fishing, the occasional use of colorful (to put it politely) language, the participation of tiny humans in all of the above) well, then, suffice it to say, this may not be the place for you to spend any leisure time. This blog is not intended to be an instructional tool on how to do things correctly. More often, I can assure you, it will be more of a shining example of the "stuff we tried that was an epic failure of disastrous and occasionally comedic proportions" variety. If you haven't clicked the little "x" at the top right yet, read on, brave soul! Welcome to our crazy family!

11 thoughts on “Wow What A Weekend!”

  1. It looks as if your weekend was as busy as ours! It is such a fabulous feeling to feel you have achieved so much though. We bought our daughter an incubator for Christmas, last year we hatched chicks the natural way under a broody hen, but she is really keen to see some hatch in the incubator too.

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    1. Always a big hit with the little ones. They get a huge charge out of seeing the shadows of the development happening inside the egg. There are little face prints all over the incubator door the last several days, they get really excited waiting for the pips and zips and that first little bedraggled chick is always cause for celebration!

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    1. Lol…no, but thank you for sending me on my first google search of the day to figure out what THAT was….candling eggs is focusing a bright light through the shell of the egg so that you can check how the embryo inside is developing. There is a great article on it here!
      http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/hatch-your-own-chicks.aspx
      It also enables you to discard any eggs that are not developing and just going rotten…if they explode in the incubator it can wreck your whole hatch, and they tend to do that while being moved, which if you’re turning them by hand is not good times for the turner. πŸ™‚

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      1. Wow. That would be hard for me to adjust to. I don’t know that we’ve ever locked the doors here or worried about anything walking away from the yard. Nicest thing about being super rural. The 35 mile ride to Wal-Mart, not so much. Lol

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  2. We live in a pretty quiet town, and in a nicer neighborhood. (A former county magistrate lives across the street from us. I think it has to do with some not so fantastic tenants my dad let live here back in the day, It is frustrating, But hopefully we’ll get some land soon, and wont have to worry about it.

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