This weekend was filled with all sorts of activities for all of our family members. Here are some highlights.
Oreo is still enclosed within the now electrified fence. She definitely respects the fence. I picked up a fence tester at Tractor Supply and it reads 7,000+ volts so it definitely has enough power that it should keep her in. I still plan to add another strand a little bit lower. She also has started coming over and taking grain out of a bucket. She’ll even let me per her head while she’s eating so I think there is hope for halter training her.
Last week I got the lumber to build the base for the new chicken coop. I cut the 8′ pieces so that the overall foot print would be 8’x12′. On Saturday my dad put the base together using joist hangers. I was going to use 15/32″ treated plywood for the decking but it became apparent quickly that it wouldn’t be sturdy enough. We picked up some 3/4″ and that should do the trick. We picked a place to put the coop and cleared the area. With any luck I can have the sides built so that the chickens can move to their new home soon.
Opening day of deer gun season is always the 15th of November in Michigan. I haven’t been able to get out at all during bow season, but I was able to sit in a tree both morning and evening of opening day. While I didn’t see any deer, sitting in a tree in the woods is always a good thing.
I also was able to get 5 more bare root trees planted. This was the second shipment from Stark Bros. All told, in under two years we have planted over 30 fruit and nut trees on the property. In a couple years, I hope to see the fruit of that labor, pun intended.
On Saturday I bought a gallon of red wigglers because I needed one more thing to do. My vermicomposting has officially begun. Hopefully this is a successful endeavor that not only provides me with great worm castings for fertilizer, but also a side business in selling the castings and extra worms. Time will tell.
There were lots of other activities from kids sports, to a retreat at church, to a baby shower, but it’s late and I hit the highlights. Until next time.