Sunday, October 5, 2008

We've been working on the last shelter this fall. Here I am putting a coat of barn paint on the structure. There are two more pieces, which will be added to the front to close it in. John will be cutting a door into it and a window in the second floor. This barn is for all the does/weathers that are not breeding. We will use the second floor for storage.
You can see also that we are putting the finishing touches on the new chicken house. It has a roof with hinges that can be opened from both sides. It is connected to the chicken aviary and the birds access it from the end using a wooden walk. It did not take them long to move in, and now production has increased. We have 16 hens and more eggs than we know what to do with.

Here is John demonstrating how easy it is to check for eggs. Check out the view inside the chicken house. You can see individual roosting boxes, which are lined with hay. Very easy to clean, just pop out the old hay and replace it with new. We can even hose it out if need be, the bottom in made up of hardware cloth.
We've started our little orchard out on the power line, operative word being "little". We're using dwarf strains of trees. We have two moonglow pears, and a golden delicious apple. There are now three blueberry bushes too. Tim was over one weekend with Rei and helped us do the planting.
John and Andy did most of the work. Andy grew impatient for the water to make it up to the end of the hose, as you can see, he started listening and looking for the water.
Yesterday John and I went to the Dixie Classic fair and volunteered in
the barn with the market goats. Had a great time, and then met up with Tim and his buddy Jason who came in and bummed around the fair for a while.
We also got a suprise when we got back from the fair. When we got back John went right up to the barn and Vivie was in labor. She had two does. One is a tri-color. The other is a black and white with lots of frosting and blue eyes

At the end of a busy weekend, John and Daisy hang out in the back yard watching over all the critters. If Daisy has a choice she will be snuggled up to John.