Okay, so a few of ya'll have asked how progress is going around the farm as we clean up from the previous owners. This is the thread I've decided to start. I will include all pictures of new birds as they come in, old birds as they leave, and all buildings in progress. A little back story ( I'll make it quick I swear... ) My husband and I bought this property about nine months ago. At that time there was so much TRASH and so many TREES we could hardly move around. Let alone find a place to park our cars. We started cutting, clearing, and trashing as we went. We officially have almost two acres cleared, and have managed to pile all of the trash in one place. Unfortunately, that place is out of my back door. But hey!! It's all in one place!! No more worrying when the horses are going to step on glass or get nails in their hooves. Getting it all in piles close to the house and out of the pasture ( being as we have just less than 5 acres ) was a big step. The horse pasture has a little over half an acre cleared, which is enough the horses can move around, with trails leading all the way to the back and various places cleared here and there around the back. It's much nicer than them standing in one spot creating a mud hole!!! So, when you see pictures and you see mud holes and trash... you should have SEEN it when we started! Over the last TWO months I have started building coops like crazy. Chicken math has kicked in, and I'm trying to get back on my feet. My friends, family, and most every one that knows me calls me the chicken lady. I used to run a small ( large to me ) scale chicken 'farm'. I had about 500 birds at all times, chicks included, and sold enough to make a small profit. Then family illness happened, and the birds had to go. My mothers health was more important. Two years later: new husband, new property, new life. Starting over! Holy CRAP I didn't realize how much I had to do as birds started pouring back in. Old customers are calling, asking what breeds I have. If I will be carrying this breed, or that breed, etc. I know for a fact I will keep a flock of RIR's, as it is the thing most people around here ask for. " Red chickens " because they apparently lay better. PSH. It's hard to teach them otherwise if they won't let me, so, I will keep a small-ish flock of ' red hens ' to sell from for the locals. Breeds we have currently : Lakenvelders, Kraienkoppe, Barred Plymouth Rocks, Black Australorps, Silver Spangled Hamburgs, and Production Reds. Two colors of Coturnix quail; browns and whites. Lavender/blue, white, and pearl guineas. I also have several varieties of American game in Houston at my uncles 'farm' until I can get them moved up here. Breeds we are trying to get pens built to bring in this summer: Blue slate, Royal Palm, and Bourbon red turkeys. Lady Amherst pheasants ( as well as goldens' and ringneck ). Rhode Island Reds, Russian Orloffs, Easter Eggers, OH AND BBS Australorps(I think I've seen them somewhere). Breeds I want to have by 2017: True Amaracauna ( did I even spell it right? ), Rumpless Arcauna, and Marans. I've toyed with the idea of doing a few Bantam breeds and Polish... but I've got a LOT to do before then. Plenty of pens to build between now and then!! Okay. Breath. This is what I got accomplished today: Here's my attempt at a hoop coop/run for my mixed layers: This is the quail pen my nephew ( 8 ) helped me build back in December, and a picture of the first quail pen I built: So far I've been blessed and everything I have built has been with material we've found lying around the property! Including all of the wire, nails, screws, etc. The tools I already had. Haven't had to buy anything, aside from a few new drill bits... Not buying cheap bits anymore. Just going to suck it up and buy a good one. I did try out my new star spade bit and the screws I got with it today. Made a HUGE difference... they're a lot easier to drive with shaky hands. After all this building I feel like I could use a day off... but I can't! If I stop building, I will eventually not have anywhere to put birds. Can't have that! I think I have officially earned my nickname around town again as 'The chicken lady' and to my friends, there's a crazy in there... So. From here on out, enjoy random updates as I get things cleared and or built. I will post them! Enjoy, Kate.