The chickens needed a new home due to the age of their existing house! It leaked like a sieve. Critters were getting in no matter what we did and killed eleven of my new chicks that were under two months of age. The hill I walked to get to it was becoming a hazard for me in the winter months. We moved the chickens (they were not happy at first) into a cinder block building which has electricity and water and a separate room for their feed.
Old Chicken house is made mainly of wormy chestnut. When we started tearing it down we were able to save some better boards.
After two weeks of tearing off boards when we had an hour to spare, it’s starting to look like a spooky shell!!
As we tore off the outsides, everything was thrown to the inside of the shell to burn.
The only parts of the building that weren’t wormy chestnut were oak and pine replacements over the years.
Even the nesting boxes were wormy chestnut. We saved them to use for nesting boxes in the new house.
Next we cut the main support beams on the interior and wrapped a chain around them which was attached to the tractor and started pulling it down.
Amazingly the roof fell straight down on to the interior debris.
Within two hours the fire was almost finished except for some large beams that served as ground support. It took two days for the smoke to dissapate and then it was time to pile up the tin roof and dispose of it.
Fairly simple clean up!
Now the chickens use the remaining area as a dusting bath! Next spring I’ll spread it out a bit and start a new area for gardening.
May was spring cleaning for me and hubby helped me by making some changes to our bedroom. We live in a 100-year-old home and with any house no matter the age, I clean the entire house starting in May or June depending on when the woodstove is shut down for the winter heating season. This year I wanted to start with cleaning our bedroom and painting it.
Before I start cleaning I always try to go through our clothes and sort winter from summer clothing. Well, our bedroom is a really nice size but it only had a 3×5 foot closet and it held only his clothes. It was chocked full of clothes he wears everyday, winter clothes, summer clothes, hunting clothes, coats, sweaters, you name it was packed full.
I asked for a new closet and my wish was granted.
Corner for the new closet
Door goes up
The finished closet has two rods, one at top and one down lower for organizing and room. Shirts on the top and pants on the bottom. The old closet will now hold his coats, jackets and shoes/boots.
Painting is completed
Spring cleaning in this room done and gorgeous!
There’s nothing like a fresh coat of white paint on the ceiling, trim and doors to brighten up a room.
The porch is covered with dried firewood.
The yard is covered with leaves.
The perennials are black, wilted and almost gone.
The trees are getting bare.
Fall colors on the farm before the first freeze.
Fall colors are red and golden one day.
Apple trees are leaf bare with a few red apples left hanging.
The flower beds are empty.
The trumpet vine covering the gazebo is no longer green.
Little mountain is brown instead of red and golden.
I love early fall but after the first freeze everything changes. We’re actually shocked that the pasture and hayfields are still as green as they are and the yard. Old man winter is touching us in many way but thankfully not as hard as last year when it started bitterly cold in late October and didn’t let up.
Bundle up and get out and walk in the woods while you still can!!
Hubby has been working on fences again in the last week and he tore out the east end fence around our garden because it was about to fall down.
tractor tires used for garlic, strawberries and rhubarb
fencing between yard and garden
He decided that the fence didn’t keep out the deer so he would not replace it. We have now moved the large tire planters to the south garden fence and will plant fruit trees along the yard where the fence used to be. We currently have three pear trees along this line, two grape vines and a blue plum. On the North end of the garden we’ve planted three peach trees and cut down an old plum tree that died. I want to put in two more peach trees on that North end, two more plum trees out the fence line and plant two or three cherry trees in the yard close to the pond. All of the apple trees that used to be there except one have died and been taken out. These trees we replace will all be of the semi-dwarf size except maybe the cherry because of the space and closeness to the garden. We don’t want the shade from the trees to shade the garden from the morning sun. Hopefully hubby and I will be around when they start bearing fruit.
The apple tree rootstock we planted last year have all survived the winter, rabbits and deer and it’s now time to graft them. We think moving our hound dogs to the apple orchard have saved our new trees from the ravages of the wildlife. We just hope the wildlife doesn’t realize the dogs can’t reach them as long as they are chained.
Space between yard and garden cleared of fencing
Freshly plowed garden lot
Tire planters moved to new area
Strawberries starting to green up.
Garlic coming up. Love that stuff!!
Rhubarb coming in but frost burnt the leaves badly. I’ll clip the leaves and start fresh after this weeks frost pass.
Quince tree in south west corner of garden.
Pear trees sprouting.
We try very hard to replace our fruit trees as the old one’s die which hasn’t been done for many years. We want the future family members to have plenty of these crops on hand for their use well after we are gone! If we don’t take care of the future generations, who will??
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I’ve been active with my blog this weekend and I have even taken the time to update my blog. I made some changes to fonts, color and design and hope they are appealing to you as they are to me. More posts coming throughout the coming week, I promise! I like the new colors especially and have posted some new goals and cleaned up the home page.
Have a very blessed day!
Every few years cattle farmers have to change their breeding stock. The bulls get too big or they may throw calves that just don’t suit. This year we are sending to market our two big bulls. They’ve gotten too big and several of the calves this year weighed 100+ pounds when they were born. We like for them to weigh 60-75 pounds. Big calves can cause problems for mom during birth and vets are not cheap!! As it turned out the two bulls weighed just under 2 ton. Lonnie weighed 2000+ and Caldwell weighed 1980 pounds.
We raised one of our own that was born two years ago and his name is Clyde. We bought another one from one of our neighbors and his name is Hammer. Hubby is looking for a two year old bull to put with them since they are so young.
Clyde on the left, Caldwell in the middle and Hammer on the right. This gives you an idea of how big the old bulls were.
So in with the new, out with the old and hopefully some happy cows come mid-June!!