Someone is just a teeny bit of an over-achiever

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Tomorrow afternoon we will have had our new pullets for a whole week.  They seem to be doing well and we are getting a pretty steady 3 to 4 eggs per day.  This is pretty good for hens who are just starting to lay.  But today one of them really outdid herself.  The small egg on the right is a typical pullet-size egg.  This is the size we have been getting every day this week.  Until today.  As you can see, someone in the flock is getting a bit competitive.

We are really enjoying watching all the chickens.  The little ones are growing well and are to the point where we only put the heat lamp on for them at night.  We are actually getting ready to move them to a larger space soon… probably a wire pen in one of the bedrooms of the old mobile home behind the workshop.  It will give them some more room to grow and run around, and I figure since the house is going to be demolished in a month or so anyway, I don’t care if the chicks kick shavings out of the pen and make a mess of the floor.

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We just had a really shed-y weekend

Ok, bad pun. But we bought two sheds this weekend, including one which is 8 x 12, and spent a lot of time getting it to the property and a gravel pad in place to hold it up off the ground before it arrived.  I think we all did a great job.  Here is the final product, set into place on Sunday…

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We also bought a used chicken coop on Saturday. This coop came with five 5 month old pullets, which are just beginning to lay.  Here are some pictures of the three breeds we have in that batch…

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And here is a shot of Will, the Chicken Whisperer, hand feeding the new girls. We got three eggs yesterday, and already had one when I left for work this morning at 6am, so they are settling in really well.

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The Dorking chicks are doing well – no losses so far and it appears we have 8 little hens and two roosters in the batch.

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So that’s all the latest happenings here!  Stay tuned for more fun later this week as we get the new coop set up.

No house yet, but we do have a tractor

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We are still waiting to emerge victorious from the labyrinthine Washington state permitting process for home construction and site prep, but in the meantime we now have our own tractor!   After looking at what it was going to cost us to hire some of the work we need done and rent a tractor long enough to do the rest ourselves while working full time (which means we’d probably need it two or three times longer just to accommodate our work schedules) we decided to bite the bullet and buy a used tractor with at least some of the implements we will be needing to tame down some of the areas we want to put into orchards, gardens and pastures for our small livestock.   It made more sense from a time management perspective as well.  Now any time we have an extra couple of hours, we can go work on the hugelkultur beds, set some more fence posts, clear out some more blackberries, or work on some swales and terraces instead of having to spend that same amount of time driving to rent someone else’s tractor.

I am looking forward to learning how to drive it, and hope to be able to help put in some of our first hugelkultur beds within the next couple of weeks.  I have to do something – I started a bunch of fall greens yesterday!