We have officially moved in to our little slice of the pie! I am sooo happy here! Its beautiful, its relaxing, its everything I wanted it to be. Mostly. 🙂
So much has happened in such a short period of time I don’t even know where to start.
Our second night here I moved the chickens brooder to the covered porch. I wanted them to get used to rising with the sun and being in the natural air, rather than in the AC with a heat lamp since they are now 6 weeks old. They were very happy. It was pretty cool watching them all march in as the sun went down. Their second night living this way, a fox broke in, took the lid off our brooder, and ate my favorite chicken, Hazel. Hazel who came when I said her name and insisted on sitting on my shoulder. I cried as I picked up the only 3 feathers she left behind. I can’t even think about it. So now I’ve sealed up the door, put their temporary coop on the porch, sealed that up and made it everything proof, and make sure they’re tucked in before it gets dark. My poor girls.
My husband felt so bad for me we bought 5 more baby chicks. So now our flock is 12 strong.
3 buff orpingtons
1 blue orpington
2 silver wyandottes
1 golden wyandotte
1 barred old english
2 silkies – 1 white, 1 blue
1 easter egger
and 1 golden laced polish
Thats a lot of chickens. Today we started making plans on our coop and how ginormous I want it to be and all the little details that will go into that. I think my husband is completely overwhelmed. We’re building it ourselves out of whatever we can get our hands on. Which means our kids old play house, our old deck and railings, some plywood and various other pieces of wood we had sitting around, and pallets. Doesn’t that sound like its gonna be beautiful!
Yesterday my oldest son and I took a tour of the land, since we have literally never done that before. I love it here.
Here are the pictures I took of our little homestead.
This is the view from the living room
free rangers… for now
the darker patch of grass in the center is a pond. The grass growing in it is well over 5 feet tall. its beautiful down there. My plan is to plant various berries and melons on the hill leading to the pond. Maybe some potatoes too if I can get it sandy enough nearer to the water.
To the right of these red bud tress will be where we’re putting the raised garden beds. Our long term plan is to do a “back to eden” garden, but for right now, raised beds it is. Its mostly due to us sharing the land with our landlord and not knowing what he’s going to want us doing while he lives here (for not long) right now he’s out of the country so we can’t discuss it. We plan on having everything started before he gets back. So next spring, this will likely all be tilled and ready to do its natural thing.
Zephyr making morning friends with Opal, who is ever curious about our littlest boy.
my farm girl. Whether she knows it yet or not.
This is the “orchard”. We’ve got 15 fruit trees planted here. I’m waiting to see how these do with them being planted in this area. They were newly planted just before we moved in. We’ve got several different apples, pears, peaches and some cherries. We’ve already sampled the cherries. They were deliciously tart.
This is where our coop will go. Probably. I think.
the pond. We’ll have to come up with an official name. Because thats what you do on a farm. Everything must have a name!
Shoes just get muddy!
This was supposed to be a picture of my chickens who like to hang out on these logs, but they decided it was nap time, which is apparently taken on the porch.
One last thing. I am no longer fermenting the girls feed. I’ve wasted too much and I have no idea what i’m doing, even when I follow step by step instructions. The last batch was beautiful and foamy. Smelled nice, the birds practically attacked it, then it would suddenly rot. I had my son dump it in the pond. He said he almost threw up. So I’ll have to try that again at a later date. I’m going to start a worm farm and grow them some fodder, so maybe I’ll try again with the fermenting when its not their only source of food. Organic feed is expensive!
Soon to come: coop building, garden bed building, and beekeeping classes!