Kristen’s Chickens and Farming Ventures

BlueBaby

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Goats... it always the goats isn’t it?:gigmy Chickens have almost stopped alarming at them. I bet that was most entertaining, after the tragic woke up early part, that is!

Going to be heading down to the slaughterhouse to make sausage this afternoon,and I will be setting the eggs in the incubator about 3:30-4pm with not just one but two little helpers. The Farm kid is having a friend over after school. I’m annexing a spot in the building my mother is in for the incubator.
Not always goat's. A few year's back there was a cow in my back yard, and before that an ostridge ran through the yard. I saw this funny looking head bob by through the window and had to go see what it was! Talk about a shocker! :gig

Nice that you have 2 helper's there to help with setting those egg's. I hope that all goes well.
 

MaryJanet

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So, what could possibly go wrong?
(Stealing the bold titles for narratives from @BY Bob to make them easier to find)

A house update... our first floor decking is done, so basically we have a floor. It is flat and brown and I didn’t walk all the way to the house for a picture. DH still has to do some blocking underneath now that the plywood is all down, because working under the 18” of crawlspace is going to be so much easier. Some of the first floor wall panels have also migrated to the site.

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This was what we came home to after our firewood run for Wayne. Here’s a link to that post over on @Ribh’s thread (trying to conserve precious cell data so I don’t get slowed down) https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/ribhs-dcoopage.1295189/post-22200914 for a little ride up the Mountain through the woods and a cloud (I don’t think @aart or a few others here are over there, but you might like to see it). So, what could possibly go wrong? FIL, BIL, and a tractor, that’s what.

To get the panels here Andrew, another guy and I hand bombed them carefully onto our flat deck, stacked them neatly, strapped them down and they made it the 3 miles of treacherous road no problems. No bending, cracking, breaking, dropping, and only limited swearing involved. These pictures don’t even begin to show the extent of the issues but...

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You can sort of see how the tractor forks are in the wrong place (not centered on the 8’ walls), it is quite overloaded, and, if you look closely, you will notice the bottom panel (supporting all that weight) is essentially hollow. It’s the dining room panel with the opening for the French doors, and that big hole is where the forks are! So the whole load is essentially resting on about a foot of wall at the back of the forks. DH (in the red) tried to point this out, lots of yelling ensued. I retreated to the trailer, made dinner, and prayed for the safety of our walls and DH. FIL almost rolled the tractor several times in the 300-400 feet between here and the build site. No walls or in-laws were seriously harmed in this process, though the walls did suffer some small damages (hopefully nothing too structural). :he :mad: :he

Yesterday, Andrew went to town for bloodwork and picked up our perimeter drain pipe, elbows, and three 5 gallon pails of waterproofing goop stuff for the foundation. The waterproofing stuff is down in the heated common building until Sunday, when we, according to our weather forecast, should be able to apply it.
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I believe I’m going to be shoveling drainrock sometime in the very near future. As I am the default Grunt labor (catch being I won’t work around FIL or BIL)
I see what you're saying about the walls. I hope they're still straight and undamaged. Also, your FIL is a bit of a princess. He needs to work on being calm and level-headed.
 

Kris5902

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I have a full incubator!
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And the North East corner of the the first floor is vertical.

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I may not have my wheelchair accessible or level side entry, but we will get there one day. We also seem to be missing the Eastern Windows. Code and the house was designed to be right next to other homes on a city lot :( Whatever... we can always renovate later.
 

BlueBaby

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I have a full incubator!
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And the North East corner of the the first floor is vertical.

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I may not have my wheelchair accessible or level side entry, but we will get there one day. We also seem to be missing the Eastern Windows. Code and the house was designed to be right next to other homes on a city lot :( Whatever... we can always renovate later.
At least you got it done a little bit farther. The sun rises in the east, so with no window for that sun to shine through, you can be a late sleeper. :gig

Good luck with that hatch! I just candled mine tonight and marked my air-cell's on the one's that were showing development. I removed the dud's. I'm glad that I added egg's in there from my own flock, because I tossed quite a few of those shipped one's.
 

Kris5902

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At least you got it done a little bit farther. The sun rises in the east, so with no window for that sun to shine through, you can be a late sleeper. :gig

I'm glad that I added egg's in there from my own flock, because I tossed quite a few of those shipped one's.
That’s my mother’s room though, I’m sure they remembered the windows in our bedroom. Pity about the shipped eggs. How are the Marans eggs doing? I’ve always left even the most questionable ones of mine in... I’m not that confident in my candling. And I need to start looking for my candling flashlight...
 

BlueBaby

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That’s my mother’s room though, I’m sure they remembered the windows in our bedroom. Pity about the shipped eggs. How are the Marans eggs doing? I’ve always left even the most questionable ones of mine in... I’m not that confident in my candling. And I need to start looking for my candling flashlight...
I had 6 of the Maran's egg's, but I'm down to just 3 of those now. I keep my candling light in my incubator when I'm not incubating. That way I don't misplace it. I'll wait a few more day's before I candle the remaining one's again and mark where the egg-cell's have progressed to.
 

Aussie-Chookmum

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I have a full incubator!
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And the North East corner of the the first floor is vertical.

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I may not have my wheelchair accessible or level side entry, but we will get there one day. We also seem to be missing the Eastern Windows. Code and the house was designed to be right next to other homes on a city lot :( Whatever... we can always renovate later.
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So exciting! I'm on tenterhooks for you hoping it all goes smoothly.

What are the chances of FIL deciding to have a vacation in Cuba again soon?
 
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