Man was I tired of going in and out of my coop/run to refill the chicken feeder. Fighting the hens at the door was juuuust a bit annoying, so I decided to build something I could fill from the outside. Check it out.
When we were inspecting our new trailer during the Are-we-really-gonna-buy-this-thing stage, we immediately noticed that the AC unit would have to be replaced. We knew the heat didn’t work because the reversing valve was stuck, but exactly when the AC would go out was anybody’s guess. Being that we live in Florida, we didn’t care [...]
Paid-for or not, this trailer of ours is old, dirty, and outdated and we are determined to modernize it and make it home. There’s only one small problem. It’s a 1972 mobile home. Completely renovated, $30k is the absolute max we could get for this property if/when we choose to sell it. $25k is [...]
It was getting very hard to move our chicken tractor, so I decided to finally add some more wheels in the front. This is one of those things where I’m thinking…”Man, I wish I would have done this a long time ago.” Check it out. Outtakes at the end.
Can I just say how hard it is to be healthy? It’s hard. I make a valiant effort to eat organic, whole foods that are traditionally prepared at home. We stay away from gluten, caffeine, MSG, processed milk, and white sugar. We make our own yogurt and eat plenty of healthy fats. We even buy local, [...]
We finally did it. We dispatched, dressed, and cooked our first homegrown rabbit. Actually, it was Brian who did all that. I just watched. Barely. We did this months back before we moved to our new homestead but things got crazy busy and I forgot to tell you about it. Big Mama We purchased Big [...]
Around this house we can’t get enough of Joel Salatin. The guy just makes so much sense. I’m reading his book Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World and love it. Joel’s approach to farming is really common sense, but yet uncommon, uncomplicated, and perfectly fulfilled. I’m not going to [...]
In my last post, I said moving into our new mortgage-free home has been quite an adjustment. The following photos may help explain what I mean. Our old house (those are not our cars in the drive. They belong to family members): the new house: my old kitchen: my new kitchen: my old cabinets: (sigh)….my [...]
We did it! We closed on our first paid-for property! It’s not our forever homestead (it’s only a quarter acre and it’s not farm land) but it is a great starter property. We paid $14,000 and that included a quarter acre of land, well, septic, existing power pole, carport, and patio. Notice I did not [...]
I have 7 hens who have access to 3 laying boxes, yet they ALL lay in ONE box. I have personally shown each one of them the other boxes that is at their disposal but for whatever reason they continue to ignore my accommodations. And everyday they wait around on each other to do their [...]