In today’s blog I will tell you all where the heck I’ve been the last couple days. I know I’ve been slacking on my blog posts and to be honest I did have one written Sunday morning but something happened with the app and it deleted it. 😞 But here I am again, with more to report, or babble about.
I’ve been working around the house a lot. My husband and I got a lot of things knocked off our to-do lists last weekend and now we can focus on some of the bigger projects. First, we pulled a lot of weeds and dead branches/foliage from the back yard planters. I trimmed a tree but it’s pair needs a professional whack it’s gotten out of control. The same with the lilac bushes we have lining the side of our fence. Then today, my parents and I all got together and weed whacked the weeds and tall grass beside the garden area dedicated to the chicken coop. We did a great job. Tomorrow, we are going to level the ground a little and lay out the brick on which the frame of the coop will rest on so that it’s not just sitting in dirt, it will last long and less likely for predators to get inside.
Now, my mind is wheeling about and I’ve been chatting with my sister, whom I’m getting these chickens from, and she’s going to do rabbits after she gets the chickens set up. Which is exactly what I was concidering. So, now I’m thinking we will relocate the playhouse, which used to be the hen hour, and it’s actually a pretty shed, to the other side of the yard for the kids, and make that whole corner beside the garden a large pen, eventually, for the chickens, ducks and rabbits that will all share a community pen when they aren’t doing free range activities. The rabbits can have their own coop, same with the chickens and ducks, but they will all have one big pen to graze and mingle in. The chickens and ducks will probably be free range in the back yard, as long as the dog doesn’t bother them, but the rabbits are probably always going to need a fence between them and my rodent murdering dog. 🙄
And this is my plan. By the end of the year, I hope to have the chickens and ducks all set up. A fence will be built between now and next spring, around the garden, and a large pen will taper between the two fences and create one big small animal community. It’s a large space, everyone, and these animals do well with one another, so don’t freak out. Like I said, they will have their own spaces, and I will have mini coops to keep them separated if/when ever we need to. I’m excited about this. The rabbits will be angora, which is the kind you can harvest their fiber/fur and sell for making clothing. We will have the chicken and duck eggs for us to eat and share or sell, depending on how good the production is on that front. And later we will have a pony, horse and alpacas, over the next couple years. Our little farm is close to starting and I am so excited. I’m doing all the research and learning all the things. I got a ton of extra stuff for the chickens to make their lives happy and healthy here. They will probably be more like pets since we aren’t going to use them for food except for the eggs. I got a bridge for them to hang out on, a toy to chase around and get treats from and special herbs to increase egg productivity. I know I may have gone overboard but I don’t care! We bought a farm and by Jorge I am going to make it a working farm! Woohooo! 🙌🏻