It was a double-yolker! Weird.
Well, we finally have internet out at the homestead. We’ve recored videos, edited videos, and then have no way to get them out onto the interwebs, it’s been a long silence from the homestead. But that is all changing right now as we have a massive pole (liberality 13′ above the roofline of our 5th wheel and I call it our lightning rod) that brings us a little closer to being connected without paying massive stupid dollars on our cell phone bills. Still, not the greatest internet connection around, but so far it’s reliable and wan’t take all of our saving to maintane.
With this new excited I made a rather long video to update y’all on what’s been happening. And in a way, it’s really not that much. It’s amazing how much anything is when it’s just you, just your family, just the people closest to you-the people you share a dinner table with every night, and it’s just us to do this work. I am amazed at what my wife can do, and is wiling to do. I’m talking heavy lifting, carrying, moving stuff, handling animals and things that a lot of good folks simply would not do. Including living in a 5th wheel. With 4 kids. And homeschooling. I’m saying even though it might not seem like there is not much progress, but when you’re doing everything with cash, on the cheap, and with the resources that you have at your immediate disposal (stuff you own) things might not go as quickly as a corporately funded or mortgage project. And we’re okay with that. We are doing things we love. Learning things that are amazing. And the ability to slowly take it in, and begin to understand what is going on; it’s incredible.
It seems like we are living life in slow motion out here on the homestead as compared to our “American Dream” that we’ve brought up in. I still think time goes by too fast, but things are moving slower out here, but it’s because we’re making sure we are enjoying every moment, and taking it all in. I don’t care if our progress is slower than has ever been done before, we are living the life we love, and choose.
Finally we have a functioning chicken coop with yard! It is so nice to be able to let the chickens just roam around the yard, head back into the coop and outside again all on their own whim. Having this project done makes having chickens much, much easier!
The only thing we are waiting for now is netting to keep the hawks out. That should be here in the next week or so and putting that up should be very simple. We’ve been watching the chicken in their yard now for a few days and I think they love it. When we would go put them away in the evening, we would have to herd them in and we wondered if they would ever go back in on their own. Then, last night there was a good little rain shower while we weren’t home and when we came back, all chickens were happy and warm inside the coop. This little coop and yard is working out nicely.
My dad, as part of his recent farmyard clean up, offered some tin roofing he had left over from building his barn years ago. Of course I’ll take it! Free tin roofing. Sweet. We were planning on putting a tin roof on the chicken coop anyway. He even gave us a bunch of tin roof screws (the ones with the rubber washers on them so they’re waterproof). Total cost of roofing the coop: $0.00! Just a little elbow grease.
Just a quick video tour to show the progress on the big bird house.
Well, yesterday was a great day of progress on the chicken coop project. This building looks taller than I thought it would, but I guess that’s probably because it’s built on stilts. Reason for those stilts is to keep the chickens safer from animals that would otherwise dig under the chicken coop. On the bottom of the coop we installed some heavy expanded metal mesh that nothing will be able to chew through. Also, the elevated coop will serve to provide the chickens some shade on those days. There are a lot of other oddities about building a chicken coop as opposed to say, just a regular garden shed. I’ll do a walk around video explaining all the specifics needed for a good chicken coop when I’m done with the build.
In the mean time, I did some footage while building yesterday to show how I built my roof trusses.
Steph has had pretty decent success incubating our little chicken eggs. Eight of the twelve hatched over a week ago and are doing well. Healthy, chirpy and really goofy/clumsy. Little chickens are funny creatures.
From some figures you read online, 50% success rate during incubation is considered to be a good number. By that, Steph is doing really well, especially considering she made the incubator herself.
Here’s a little video of one of them busting out of the shell. This was after they pipe (when they first poke a hole through the shell) and zipper (when they poke a circle around the whole shell for them to push against).
I’ve heard people say that there is a different sense of community or neighbourhood when you live in the country. I’ve learned of situations and projects where people who are living down the road show up to help out. It’s always sounded nice.
I’m so happy to say that we are witnessing this first hand. We’ve met almost all of the neighbours that live near us. I’ll be unloading wood, tilling the garden on my tractor, or planting trees and a new neighbour will turn off the gravel, pull onto our little plot and introduce themselves. Everyone has offered future help should we ever need. I’ll reciprocate the kindness, although right now with pretty much just some bare land, I can’t offer much. But I genuinely do look forward to when I can offer something, maybe a fix on the tractor or even a little muscle moving something.
Today, I met one of our neighbours to the south. Really nice guy and we had a good chat. He keeps bees, and also has chickens. That’s pretty rad. And then, when he was about to leave he said he has a little gift for me. Opened up his truck doornail pulled out a dozen fresh eggs that his chickens laid. “Here’s some breakfast for you.”
Such a little thing. 12 eggs. But man did it say a lot. We really appreciate it, and it made our day. We’re not even living here yet and we already feel incredibly welcome, and appreciate the people around us. We don’t even have a single building out here, but it’s already starting to feel like home.
My wife saw this while checking some eggs in her incubator. Pretty ridiculously amazing if you ask me.