my very own micro farm

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by attimus, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. attimus

    attimus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well if you live in certain parts of California you got a torrential storm of rain and hail for about 25 mins. This was enough to flood my brooder box that the cover had blown off of.... All while I was at work. Luckily the lady was home and got chicks and mom up on the porch, with a little extra nurturing to the runt who looked to be quite a bit more soaked considering its small stature.
    Gonna be a long day tomorrow, holiday weekends make brunches crazy. off for now, sometimes sleep can be a necessity and some times its dictated.
    Best to you all this memorial weekend.
    Onward and upward
    Attimus

    Editted to add this pic, stepped out for a min and had to share what I saw.
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    Last edited: May 24, 2015
  2. darina

    darina Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aww, I love it! Thanks for the "edit!"
     
  3. attimus

    attimus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Just watched the wild turkey family walk through the far side of the property, tom included, and he's sure is a big boy. So its him, two females and 10 or so babies. I'll know how many for sure when the weed eating is done. Which never seems like its going to be with this weird weather. I've done two passes over the area around my house, pens, and garden and there's been just enough rain spread out just far enough to make it come back fast enough to be a nuisance.
    Looks like its going to be a great day today. Up nice and early with a lot to get done today. Basics like raking and maybe get the mini grav feeds finished along with getting some more done with the pond. Maybe fitting the pipping together and getting it cut to length.
    I'm sure there's more I just can't think of at the moment. Certainly a day off is never truly a day off.
    Onward and upward
    Attimus
     
  4. attimus

    attimus Chillin' With My Peeps

    So those turkey circled the property yesterday morning and came around to the back side of the pond. Most likely headed for the compost pile. Here was a quick snap, they let me get pretty close
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    The toms' legs had to be close to 2' long, looking forward to him this fall ;)

    Got most of the grounds raked and removed. Still a few small piles to go. And pulled around 30 volunteer tomatoes from the compost yesterday, not sure how many will make it.

    Still more to do today. Got the table saw out so hopefully I'll get on the grav feeders. Been letting the silvers out to see how the get along with the flock and its going well, timing too. Dolly is just under a week from hatch date and it seems I'll be able to shift everyone when I need to.
    Well the more I type the less I do so I'm off.
    Attimus
     
  5. attimus

    attimus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Got a lot of weed eating done over the weekend gonna try and do more as I can. A lot easier to see everyone during free range time and gives them more time to see stuff coming.
    The turkeys have been making return visits and now with more and more of the grass knocked down I get to see them all the better.
    Most of the volunteer tomatoes seem to be pulling thru and my potato tower is nice and lush. Had a couple buckets of potatoes next to it with some compost and sawdust as an experiment and was going fine until that freak rain, then I realized I should have put holes in the bottoms. Lol. No real loss tho, they were all free.
    Still steadily adding buckets to my compost, havent shifted the pile yet. A bit more of the usable stuff to clean out first.
    Everybody is getting big. Well except for that mini kelso but he's still kicking. But ya lorps look close to full grown, just need to fill out, silver dottes are on their way to being kicked out of the broody condo, tho last night they slept on a roost out in the run so I don't see to much of an issue with the cage, the ducklings look gigantic now, I remember when our first 4 mallards were that small. Back to the kelso and ees, at least the latter are getting big and the first kelso, been thinking about calling them alpha and omega as they were the first and last to hatch, anyways alphas feathering is looking amazing, still need to get pics of the two up on a game bird thread.
    Gonna leave on this note, I built a kite the other night with some stripped down reeds and dental floss along with a feed bag for the skin. Although there is not enough wind to fly it I am pretty impressed with myself.
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    Onward and upward right. Lol
    Attimus
     
  6. birdman55

    birdman55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    way to go ...sounds like your making some progress...its been rainy here so the garden got put on a halt...not to mention the weekend is supposed to freeze....so not so happy about that but what can you do with mother nature...hope all is well
     
  7. attimus

    attimus Chillin' With My Peeps

    New hatch started
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    Only one I could see but I hear more.

    Birdman I constantly feel like I'm in a battle of wits with mother nature. Still weed eating the property, want to do the whole thing so playing disc golf isn't wading through grass.

    BBQ planned for tomorrow. Thought it would help lighten the blow of working on the pond that my friends only slightly know about ;) and with dolly hatching out there's going to be some shifting of the pens. So all the extra hands will definitely be welcome.
    Well back to my broody
    Onward and upward
    Attimus
     
  8. attimus

    attimus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's the new kids. Lol. 12 total. A few didn't quite make it out of the shell. Not sure why exactly. Gonna use less eggs under her next time.
    Got a lot done on the pond yesterday. Bbqing helped, a lot of people came to eat, Family and friends. After a game of disc golf we got to it.
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    Knocked the retaining wall down while the water was still inside. Fun to watch. Mostly cleared out at this point. But a lot of detail work to go before I get to making it solid. Mixer didn't show up today so still waiting on that tho im a ways out on that part yet. Once the ground is formed, sand goes in the bottom chickenwire over the whole thing with rebar stakes spaced out evenly across it. Drain pipe and windmill plumbing to put in place. But for now still evening out the surfaces.
    Got the birds reorganized today considering the newest hatch and next broody. Silvers are in the main pen now, Athena and the 5 are in there pen and dolly and the new hatch have been moved to the smaller of the two square brooders. I also rebanded those that needed it and gave everyone a light spray of this pyrahna essential oil pest spray under the wing, summers coming quickly and heat brings pests. Also got a new grav feeder built for the smaller broody pen today. With so many chicks in there it frees up a bit of space.
    Anyways, the weekend was fun. Still more weedeating to do. Watered this morning and had a nice surprise from the big tom turkey this morning, managed to get within about 30 feet of me while my back was turned. Crafty bugger. Anyways yes always more to do. And never enough time or sleep to make up for it. Keep going keep moving.
    Onward and upward
    Attimus
     
  9. attimus

    attimus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Everyone is doing well, shifted birds again. Burgler is now in the kelso pen.....Medusa is in the mini hoop with 5 eggs :)
    Cement mixer showed up yesterday put together today. Still more to do there. Hope the pond happens soon, hatched ducks are feathering out quickly and the bought pairs are also getting big. First night our hope they will be OK
    Late enough for me, evening all
    Onward and upward
    Attimus
     
  10. attimus

    attimus Chillin' With My Peeps

    A bit of chick spam to get the day started
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    Enjoi
     

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