The ROOF is on the Chicken Coop

Chickens, Our Homestead
From the chicken run side closest to the house you can see how much progress we're making! I will be able to go in the gate and be out of the rain and they will have some shelter from the rain and still be able to be outside... so long as the rain is not blowing sideways. LOL We've stacked so many things off and on through the time we've been working on it that the wire is starting to sag in the middle, Errrr. But I think I can run some wire through it and it will be alright. Remind me, if I EVER build another chicken coop to NOT use 'chicken wire' it is a pain in the BUTT. Baby chicks get right through it, animals can push…
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Chicken Hawk in the Hen House!

Our Homestead
This was WAY weird.  I came out to get tools going for about three hours we came up with in the middle of the week to work on the chicken coop and there was squeaking and squawking going on. Mr. Red was jumping up and down, carrying on something fierce. But let me give you some history about that... The night before, I went in to make sure the babies were tucked in nice and sound. It was only their third night outside alone with a sole heat lamp. And while the night temps were hanging in the mid 50's, I didn't want to take any chances. So about three in the morning, I went out to make sure the light hadn't burned out or anything terrible, they still don't…
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Being Green, Gardening and Why I Blame my Kid

Soil & Compost
So often you hear "It is all my parents fault"occasionally I even hear m mother taking the blame for my occasionally caustic personality thought I'm fairly certain I've never blamed her for my questionable vocabulary and sharp tongue.  Not that she is shy by any means just a little more diplomatic. In this case I'm blaming my kid instead of the other way around. It all started in the spring while the youngest was I the second grade.  She came home all wound up about needing to save the earth. In fairness I've been a pretty green guy for years. I've used Organic lawn care products long before I most people had the environment as top of mind. Speaking of organic I've bought organic when its available for the past…
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And the Walls Are UP!

Our Homestead
[caption id="attachment_182" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Squeezing the most out of the sunlight left!"][/caption] We got a bit of a late start. Work comes second and the family is first. The babies just had a tough day today... we did have a bit more help than usual though! Remember the girls, my daughter and her friends that talked me into this chaos? While my daughter is in Oregon away at school, one showed up to help!! Yeah! She played with the babies, fetched and towed water, tools, held things, lifted stuff, I had surgery this week on my leg and she was truly appreciated, as I was not much help on some things. We got one door up, the $1 door from the garage sale. And the lights up for the babies…
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Storage Tips For Sunflower Seeds

Storage Tips For Sunflower Seeds

Flower Gardening, Seed Saving
The manner in which you store your sunflowers can play an important role in the preservation of your seeds. For example, if there is excess moisture during storage, it's possible for the moisture to freeze the seeds, causing breakage. This happens often when they're harvested early and stored without proper drying. Harvesting them early can help limit the potential for bird damage and shattering, but the seeds must be dried before storage. In this article, I'll provide a few tips for storing your sunflowers properly to prevent them from being damaged. Tip #1: Measure Moisture Accurately Because storing your seeds when they contain too much moisture can cause problems, you'll need to use a moisture meter. However, if your seeds are less than 40 degrees Fahrenheit, the meter will not…
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Chicken Coop Progressing

Chicken Coop Progressing

Chickens, Our Homestead
What a long day, getting things square against all odds. The entire chicken coop frame was off square from the chicken run due to the fact that I wanted to use the 4x4's from the garden fence to build off of... seemed such a shame to let all that wood, cement, and hard work go to waste. You can see the autumn leaves are starting to really fall. Another reminder that we don't have long to go before it gets cold and the chicks still don't have a place to get out of the cold. Errrr. My son works during the day, goes to school three nights a week, has two children, one newly born August 28th and his brother will be two in November. His wife is taking online…
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Work Begins on the Chicken Coop

Chickens, Our Homestead
Well, my middle son Ryan, his wife Amanda, and my year and a half old grandson, Aiden had a fine 4th of July today! We worked on the chicken coop. All of us together and we had a ball! Well, okay, Aiden only kept the dog occupied, but he had fun watching his dad. This has been such a fun family project. It is going to rain tonight, so we got the left over wood we didn't have time to use covered up. I opted to not use treated lumber for the inside of the coop since it will all be covered and closed in ... the 4x4's are treated as they will be touching the soil, but the rest is above the ground. [caption id="attachment_2872" align="alignright" width="300"] north view…
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Prepping Your Lawns Before The Holidays

Sustainable Landscaping
Now that the fall season is upon us and you've done all the damage control you can from summer's unfriendly effects, what can you do for your lawn now that will keep it healthy and beautiful? Lawn maintenance is key for the month of November, the focus should be on sprucing up your lawn and doing any necessary leaf cleanup from October's leaf shedding. Lawn Spruce Up Last minute compost As recommended for September and October, it is a good idea to spread a layer of compost over your lawn. You can patch up and reseed bare spots by adding a layer of compost and spreading the same type of seeds you have in the area. The next steps include covering the layer of compost and seeds with an even…
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Our First Trip Outside

Our First Trip Outside

Chickens, Our Homestead
I planted an entire 4'x16' bed of strawberries I got from my mother's neighbor who was clearing out his strawberry bed for the winter. They do multiply, "you only have to buy them once", my grandmother used to say. So while I was out there all afternoon, I thought it would be a good time to get them outside for some sunshine, get them out in the fresh air and let them stretch their wings. I wish I could have taken a better video, they hop and jump so fast and you never know what is going to get them going... it's hard to capture the moment. But they had so much fun and I had a blast watching them. I sat down for a break and just laughed my…
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