Harper's Farm Blog

Turning the Dream into Reality

Consolidation April 12, 2010

Filed under: Chicken Runs,Daily Life,Farm Critters — harpersfarm @ 11:48 am

Rob is a master at turning a 2×4 and a scrap piece of siding into a chicken house. Me, not so much. But this morning, I decided to tackle some chicken housing “issues.” We had meat chicks in the house, meat chicks in the barn and future layers in the house as well as in the barn. They were all over, and it was time to do some consolidating. So, I took a couple scraps of wood and a chunk of fencing and I made a chicken house. All 20 cornish-cross chicks had a meet-and-greet in their new home complete with heat lamp, the dogs travel crate filled with comfy pine shavings and fresh food and water. When they get a little bigger, I will be able to take the front off and they will have access to a small fenced pen.

Once they were all situated, I tackled the future layers. There were four still in the house, but they are quite a bit smaller than the original eight, so I divided the barn brooder so they can all get used to each other for a couple of weeks, and then I will take the divider down.

I am glad that Master Builder is Rob’s job, but it feels good to know that from time to time, I too, can turn a couple of wood scraps into a chicken house.


A Little Wind Blown April 9, 2010

Filed under: Chicken Runs,Daily Life — harpersfarm @ 7:42 am

Turns out that the rain yesterday morning was the least of my problems.  The wind on the other hand, was something else.  Our roof isn’t looking so great, and some of our barn blew off, but we made it through. This weekend will be spent putting things back together. We have arranged to rent an extension ladder so we can get up to the roof of the barn. I figure while we are at it, I may as well put a fresh coat of paint on the old thing. It has taken quite a beating over the years. The power was out for a few hours, but luckily it came back on before it got too late. The chicks and ducklings still using heat lamps were happy about that.

Speaking of chicks… I have been trying to behave myself when it comes to bringing home more chicks and ducklings from the store. It has been a whole week since I bought any more babies. (The fact that I have not been to town unattended in a week may have something to do with it, but that is beside the point.) So imagine my surprise when Rob came home yesterday with a box containing 12 more cornish-cross chicks. He went in for feed and came out with chicks. Apparently I am not the only one who cannot go into the feed store for just one item…


Beware… The Feed Store April 1, 2010

Filed under: Chicken Runs,Daily Life,Ducks,Farm Critters — harpersfarm @ 2:36 pm

I tried to be good.  Really.  I thought I could go into the feed store and just come out with the one item I went in for.  It just didn’t happen that way.  I was followed home by two Silver Laced Wyandottes, two Barred Rocks, two Khaki Campbell ducklings and a Pekin duckling.  They are now nestled in the laundry room in a tub next to the eight cornish-cross chicks that we picked up on Saturday.  I promised Rob that I would “try” to stay out of the feed store for a while, but I think he knows me better than that… 


This and That March 29, 2010

We had a weekend full of small projects. That is one of the best things around here – we are never lacking in things to do! We dug our strawberry rows and put 75 plants in the ground. 50 of them are June-bearers and 25 are everbearers. Next year should be a great year for strawberries!

We turned Liesel and her lambs out of their jug. The lambs are all playing and Liesel is happy because she dislikes being contained. Marta, on the other hand, has moved into Liesel’s old jug because she is now convinced that she only had one baby and is rejecting one of her twins. We are currently trying to trick Marta into accepting her lamb. I am hoping that she will accept him by the end of the week so we can turn all the sheep back out to pasture. Hopefully we will not have another bottle baby this year.

We picked up 8 cornish-cross chicks. These are the start of our meat birds. We will probably get some more in a couple weeks or so. Of course, this means that there are chicks living in the laundry room once again, which does not hurt my feelings at all.  🙂