Are we done yet?

There is always something that needs to be done. Between the farm and working full time, it is darn near impossible to get it all done. We are learning that prioritization and patience are the keys to our effectiveness.

This weekend we moved the Eggmobile for the first time. Moving the building is a piece of cake. It was the fence that gave us a bit of trouble. But in just under an hour and a half we had the whole paddock moved and the egg layers were on fresh grass! Not sure if you can tell in these pictures, but we put the building in the center of the paddock this time with food and water on each side half way to the fence to get them to spread out all over the grass.

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The next priority is new brooders. With the quail hatching and more egg layers on the way, we have to get their homes built. Notice the vents in these. The one housing the broilers gets a bit too warm even with one bulb removed. We think this design modification will do the trick.

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Then there is the garden that needs planting.

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And the chicken tractors. We’ve built and tested one in the backyard with some young egg layers, but we need two more since the broilers will be ready for pasture in a little over a week. We did manage to get the dolly done to help with the mobility of the tractors. The pasture is way more clumpy than the yard so they should move much easier with the little wheels on back.

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And that pig fence that is still in progress, the loose tin panel on top of the barn, the lawnmower that won’t start, doing the books. I could go on and on.

There are also other important things in life such as celebrating a milestone 50th birthday with the Head Farmer In Charge. Happy Birthday, RP!

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2 responses to “Are we done yet?

  1. Everything looks great and that tractor looks light.

    You’re spending a lot of time moving those layers. We are working to overcome that problem by using extra fence. Moving day is always busy so we set up a pasture ahead of the layers in our spare cycles. That way we just have to open the fence, pull the house through and let the birds out. The fence gets to be a real burden in August when the earth turns to stone. It’s better to deal with that ahead of time, rather than leaving impatient chickens cooped up.

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