x2 - It's the only thing I really curse at anymore - OW! I do the hammer thing like dax with the end of a roll.
Looking good! I'm about to get going on the second big 16x8 coop - you're reminding me to get off my duff and get it done (though when, I don't know...)
Yeah, I'm in the exact same place. At work, I'm freaking out about all the stuff at home that needs to be done, at home, I'm freaking out about all the stuff at work that needs to be done... Sigh...
Your property is fairly level because you're on the north western edge of the Ozark plateau. Head just a bit south and the bottom falls out of it.
The Ozarks are so small because they're so old. The Rockies are babies comparatively. The majestic Tetons are the youngest in North America.
The Eastern part of the Ozarks are known as the St. Francois mountains (where I grew up) are over 1.4 billion years old making them the oldest mountain range in North America and possibly on the planet. By contrast, the Appalachians are 460 million years old and the Rockies a mere 70 million.
The St. Francois are the only mountains never to have been covered by glaciers or ocean. (Ocean fossils can even be found on Everest)
They're at the collision point 300 million years ago of the North American and South American plates.
This is why all the mountains here run east and west rather than north and south. The St. Francois, Ozarks and Ouchitas. The gulf of Mexico once extended to the Ozarks.
This area is also an active seismic zone. From 1811-1812, there were over 1,000 earthquakes and aftershocks. There were no seismographs at the time but estimates are that there were 17 above magnitude 6 with three between 7.5 and 8. 800 were over M3. The largest, temporarily reversed the direction of the Mississippi. Eyewitnesses on boats said they were swept upstream a mile or more at the speed of a horse. It formed Reelfoot lake and permanently changed the course of the river.
While there have been a couple higher magnitude quakes in Alaska and California, the area of strong shaking was 2-3 times as large as the 1964 Alaska quake and 10 times as large as the 1906 San Francisco quake.
Geologists consider another big one long overdue. FEMA recently warned that a similar quake would affect 8 states and predicted it would be the highest economic loss in US history.
YOU ARE MY HERO!!!! So cool...
This is precious! Careful about all these pics, or I'll get Banti Disease (and I have no room for ducks!)
I've been reading the advice for CH, everyone, as I'll be getting goats eventually (though it'll be a couple years at least). Thanks!
We're incubating our first eggs right now. Currently on day 4. We purchased Lavender Orpington and Russian Orloff hatching eggs from a local breeder. We also have four Black Copper Marans which she included at no charge since the rooster was injured and separated the week before there's no guarantee they're fertile. We also got half a dozen mixed Barred Rock, Easter Egger, Australorp from my father in law, Two dozen total in the incubator.
I'm jealous about your Lavender Orps.
OMG, you owe me a new keyboard!!!!
Well, of the three olive egger chicks I bought, at least two are boys, and the third is looking suspicious. Dad-gummit.
OK, I need to go put the EHAL babies up on the roosts for the night. (I don't let them sleep on the ground in the coop.) BRB.
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