Howdy, folks! Just finished catching up with a mostly very awkward/weird read back. Geesh... But I skimmed and skipped and am all caught up now.
While I'm here...... Anyone else want to edit their part of the article? I really can't keep it updated without help...... Just edit the part with the names in blue below the spoiler, right at the bottom of the article. If you are not there, just tag me because that means you are in the spoiler and the spoiler is NO TOUCHY.
@Fire Ant Farm do you think you could use pvec for the arches since I have no idea how to do the metal?
Actually, I wasted a lot of time (and money) trying to mess with PVC and it was NOT easy, never could get it to work right. Looked it up online, and to properly really bend it is not that easy (and semi-toxic). And the conduit is more sturdy and cheaper than PVC. It requires a one time investment in a conduit bender, and it's not hard to figure out how to do (look up on YouTube and get a couple extra pieces to practice).
Just my opinion - if you can manage to get PVC reliably bent the way you want, go for it.
I finished!!!!! I'm beat, but I finished!!!!
The hardware cloth was a bear to handle (as it always is), and it was a pain (literally) to drag it to it's final position, because of the slope and uneven terrain. My hands are a little roughed up because I sort of forgot to wear gloves... It's in a spot under a tree that should leaf out, but still gets a lot of afternoon sun, so the tarp extends all the way down on that side for shade.
I finished about an hour before chicken bedtime, and the Speckled Sussex and Mr. Tankity Tank Tank were put together in their new home this evening (early enough to get their bearings and see each other a bit - lots of sexy sexy activity goin' on, lots and lots of squatting - this was WAY overdue in their eyes, I think!). I may actually miss having to round Mr. Tankity Poo up every night and put him to bed - I had a last cuddle with him on the way to his new home. On the walk there, he laid his head and neck down to look over my shoulder like a little child (he likes to do that).
I went back out after dark to put them on the roosts if they were sleeping on the ground - and they were all lined up on the roosts, with Tank in the middle and the girls all around him snuggling against him. They all looked VERY happy - it's been a very long courtship. They'll be locked in here for about a week to learn that this is home before I let them out in a paddock. The paddock will have to have overhead coverage, because the SS's are escape artists... (I'm letting them enjoy demolishing the grass inside the tractor before I put down bedding.)
Lots of folks needing hugs and thoughts and prayers - I tried to catch most via ovations, but just in case:
I was frustrated to realize that I forgot to plug the turning cradle back in after candling yesterday morning (USER ERROR AGAIN!!!). So the eggs weren't turned for about 30 hours. Hoping they'll be ok - not like I can do anything about it now except hope.
- Ant Farm
and YAYAYYAYYAYYAA SELFIES!!!! you can enter, its APRIL HAL!! Like you wont have eggs in the bator in April????? bawahhhahhahaa yea right!
Now you can put them in one post for everyone!!! lmao!!!
Fire Ant Farm aka Kristins Tractor coops
NONONONONONONONO!!!!! I can't hatch any more chicks this year after this - I have 20 coming in the mail at around the same time as the CLs are due to hatch. No April HAL for me...
I'll try to get it all in one post - might take a while.
What she said.
My update: Day 9 candle confirmed one clear seen on day 7 (removed), leaving 7 strong swimmers. Day 18/Lockdown is March 23. @Sally Sunshine
Good luck! Thinking about you.
Busy day at work (I hate coming back from vacation - I could have used another several weeks!!!! I wish...) I'm enjoying the increased daylight and spent a number of hours after work straight until after dark preparing the lumber for the next tractor - don't want to lose momentum, and those older CL babies need to be moved outside really soon!!!! (Sally, I'm scrambling to built housing for existing and coming chicks!!!! Now you want me in the April HAL? Chicken math, get thee behind me!!!!!!)
- Ant Farm