A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
Fall is here.
A new rug only seems fitting. Not only to add a little handmade decor to our new house but also to provide another insulating layer to the floor. This rug- made from old flannel sheets- is turning out nice and thick. I only hope I can make it as large as I’d like. It’s amazing how quickly so much fabric disappears each go-round. Somewhere I have another grey flannel but where o’ where did I pack it?!
Meet our two newest additions to Fried Farm: Mercedes (the all white one) and Lexus.
We’re very happy to have pigs again! We miss Rosalie (our previous sow) and especially Sanchez (our big red boar- see photo below) and all the subsequent little piglets. Of course there were many hours of frustrated pig chasing/fence fixing with the little ones in tow or as in the case of our youngest, strapped in the baby wrap and I sincerely hope not to repeat those adventures.
So far we seem to be off to a great start. Since the big barn will be coming down in the spring we needed a different place to shelter the animals- ideally mobile so we can move their housing about to new pastures. Struggling_along found just the thing: a pull behind camper.
He stripped it out (saving the stove for a future outdoor kitchen!!) and partitioned an area for the chickens on one end:
The hatch struggling_along is looking thru is for easy cleaning out the coop. The Freds also have a small door for access to an outdoor run and the old storage cabinets are now laying boxes. The Freds are laying very well! I don’t know if it’s the breed (Gold star sex-links) but compared to other chicks we have gotten in the years prior these have started laying sooner and are very consistent. Right now we have 11 freds and we usually gather 9 eggs everyday. All the boys LOVE the chickens but I think Ishmael does most of all. He just can’t wait to go feed them in the morning or visit them any chance he gets to wander over there. Give him 30 seconds and he’ll have one in his arms.
On the other side of the camper- after leaving a spot for grain and shaving storage-is an L-shape stall for, right now, the piglets but struggling-along built the walls high enough we could but the goats in there too.
Just have to slap a little tin on the roof and we’ll be ready for winter. The best part is that this campa project only cost us 150 dollars. Scratch that- the best part is that we’ll be having Fried eggs and bacon.
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