Showing posts with label chickens. Show all posts
Showing posts with label chickens. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A Chicken Tractor


I'm back with a little DIY inspiration today. It was time for Matthew's little chickens to move to a bigger home. We'd been trying to figure out what we wanted for them in this stage where they've outgrown their baby box but they're not yet big enough to be free rangers. My husband and I began researching and he found a really cool design for a chicken tractor on Youtube. Maybe you've heard of Joel Salatin? He has some really simple DIY designs for coops and tractors, believe me when I say we need simple, we really need simple. We are like the worst builders ever!




This little tractor is absolutely perfect for the chicks during their tween period. The tractor is 6'x8' with 1/2 enclosed and half wired. That gives them ample play space and a good amount of coverage for protection from weather or predators. The idea is to move the tractor daily so that the chicks are always on fresh ground, the best of both worlds, they are safely enclosed but free rangers at the same time. It's wonderful! Not to mention they are providing an excellent resource, free poop fertilizer!



It took a day and a half to build, not all that bad, and the chicks are in little chickie heaven. We moved them in yesterday afternoon and they went wild, running, flying and chasing after bugs, too precious y'all. I'll put the link down below to the video we followed along with to build ours just in case you need an easy option for homing your chicks too.


Every time I couldn't find Matthew, he'd be in the tractor with the chickens, hilarious! They look at him like he's a little out of place, go figure. Hope I inspired you today!
xo,
Amy

Chicken Tractor Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8gvQJENicc

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Chickens


We spend an awful lot of time over here on chickens. Feeding them, coop cleaning duties, egg gathering, but mostly we watch them. They're hilarious! If you've ever been on the fence about whether to get chickens or not, I'm hoping that I can convince you today to jump right off that fence and find you some chickens. They are the best addition to this little family of ours and even though they're a truckload of work, I wouldn't trade it for anything.





This year, we are starting to see a surplus of eggs and we've been selling them, no big profits mind you, but the chickens now pay for their own feed, ka-ching! And then there's Matthew. Who knew we'd have a chicken whisperer for a son? He loves these chickens to pieces. I've even read studies of how beneficial a pet they are for special needs children, especially ones with Asperger's. Crazy, right? Chickens are awesome.




You don't have to live on a farm to be a chicken keeper either. A quarter acre's all you got? No problem. A few little egg layers in a coop with a small fenced in run area is just what you need. See? Chickens are for everyone {wink}! I'm just sayin', if you've ever thought about owning chickens, maybe this is your year of the chicken! Are you convinced? Are you on the way to the feed store right now? What's keepin' you? Get going!
xo,
Amy

Friday, July 24, 2015

Soooooo.......... This Is New


Matthew lost his beloved hen 'Mrs. Red'. Having free ranging chickens is always risky, especially with bantams like Matt's. They are so compact that even a hawk can swipe one up in an instant. It was a hard learned lesson in loss at such a young age, I wish I could have spared him the sorrow.




A month or so back, we had started talking about getting Matthew some Silkies to raise. We have a small coop in the front yard that we weren't using any longer that would be perfect for a few chickens. If you've never heard of or seen Silkies, you're in for a real treat. They look like little puff balls with feathers all the way down to their toes. The hens have a big pouf on the tippy-top of their heads that remind me of those fancy fascinator hats that the English wear. They are more gentle and friendly by nature and perfect for a little guy wanting to expand his chicken flock.





He's smitten. He's affectionately named one very docile hen 'Little Cotton Ball'. She sits in his lap with not the slightest desire to be anywhere else, completely content with her new buddy. I can already tell, she's going to love sitting by the fireplace this winter. That was a big favorite of 'Mrs. Red'. 



A new friendship has blossomed.




Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Outdoor Life


We spend tons of time outdoors in summer. I can't seem to soak up enough sunshine. I head out early to the porch for coffee and then stay out for my morning run. I look up to the heavens and the sun shines down on my face, oh, it feels so good. 





The afternoon finds us on the back porch for more sunshine and swimming. Whenever I'm inside, I'm thinking of going outside, I'm living with a one track mind. Summer is so distracting.






In the evenings, I enjoy a little chicken watching, they are seriously funny y'all, and are a big mood booster. We have quite a few baby chicks right now and I never tire of watching them. Add in the dogs, cats and kiddos, it's a real funny farm.






Are you enjoying the warmer weather and slower pace of summer too? I can already tell that summer is zipping by way faster than I'd like. Oh summer, linger a little longer won't you?


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Mornings On The Porch

Oh how my soul has longed for these mornings. We are having an unusually warm week here and this morning, well, this morning was a 'coffee on the porch'  morning. My favorite.


I've missed these so. It's the birthday week of our youngest and he's already gotten a couple of gifts. He couldn't wait to try out his remote controlled car. 



He's my early bird. Mornings and Matthew are one. Me, not so much, but his passion for the arrival of each new day is nothing short of inspiring. 



Of course, our mornings involve lots of little chickens. I wouldn't change a thing. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

And Joy Comes In The Morning


I cannot even begin to tell y'all how full my heart is right now. After Monday's post on my depression journey, I'm overwhelmed by all the support from so many of y'all. I know that there are many folks that struggle just like me and it breaks my heart. So many of you mentioned, "and joy comes in the morning", and I kept playing it over and over in my mind. It's so true. God is faithful and has promised us 'new mornings'.




Today, I'm moving on as best I can and giving y'all a little peek into some of the things in my life right now that are my saving grace. 




I'm an animal person, always have been, an urban farm-girl at heart. I haven't talked about my chickens in a great while and some of you new friends may not know that we have quite a few free rangers over here, not to mention lots of cats, dogs and cows. 


Now that the days are warmer, I spend the evenings outside crawling around on the ground taking pictures of these little critters that bring me such joy. Thank you Lord for the critters. 




It's quite a funny farm over here, but I love it, fills me with so much happiness. Today I'm wishing y'all a joy-filled day and so many thanks for all the love.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Finding Joy In Every Day

Finding joy in our life every day is a deliberate and learned skill. The more you practice it, the easier it will become. Do you find that some days are harder than other's to be joyful? I do, but if I intentionally stop for just a moment, and focus on the beauty, I can brighten every day. With that said, here are some snippets of my joy yesterday.


 Wiggling my toes in the fresh summer grass. Do it and I promise you'll feel like a kid again!


Having my morning coffee on the back porch while watching this little guy float around in the pool. Early June mornings are the best!


Seeing this precious little face staring back at me.



Finding eggs "hidden" in my flower garden. Such a sweet surprise from my little red hen.




You see? Such simple, silly, little moments, but they can change the course of a day. Intentionally look around each and every day for the simple joys and surprises that each day brings. Train yourself to honor these precious moments. Each and every day will be the better for it! Have a beauty-filled day friends.
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