We have had a really bad wind storm the last couple of days (which is usually what happens right before the weather changes so am now bracing myself for some COLD and SNOW) Les had just put up a temporary door into the run out of a piece of old plywood. In the wind it had blown down and I had gone out twice to put it back up and try to brace it into place. I guess I was unsuccessful for when the kids went outside to get into the vehicle to head to AWANA both dogs were eating two of my chicks!!! GRRRR I was so mad at them! So I chased them with the van, honking my horn, I chased them all the way to mom's and she put them both on a leash for the rest of the day and night. Needless to say when Les got home from work that night he got right at fixing that door!
In other homesteading news, we have some new additions to the farm. A couple weeks ago Les brought home 8 rabbits from an auction sale he went to (thankfully it wasn't horses as he has a really bad habit of buying horses at these auctions when we can't afford them lol!) These rabbits are for meat. There are four males and four females, Les picked the best of the males and put him in with Benjamin's female Freckles-we should be getting babies in about two or three weeks!! Then he put the females in what was the chicks brooder and the males he put in the rebuilt moveable hutch that he put much stronger wire on, so the dogs don't get in this time!
And one other new animal is a horse the girls have named Cash (because of all the cash they are going to win barrel racing with him lol) We had been hoping and praying for a really good kids horse, we had gone to a couple of auctions that were advertising really well broke kids horses, but they were going out of our price range. All summer we had been hoping to get another horse because despite the fact that there are over 16 horses on this ranch, only three of them are broke for riding, and two are young and still spook easily and the other is my dads OLD ranch horse that he's had since I was born, and has a bad leg and doesn't listen lol! The girls started taking riding lessons at our wonderful neighbors house ( we just love her, and she also teaches cubbies at our church for awana) Her and her husband have a neighbor that wanted to sell this older really well broke horse. Les went to see him, was so impressed that he bought him on the spot! He got him really cheap as the guy lives in the city and was just boarding him out at this neighbors farm and didn't want to feed him over the winter. So praise the Lord we now have a bomb proof kids horse!
Well that is all for now, I will leave you with some pictures of the coop and rabbit hutches!
|The male rabbit hutch|
|Curious chickens, they always come running to me!|
|The big chickens run, and you can see the new wind fence in the background|
|The main coop, awaiting paint and a proper door to the little chicks run|
|See the plywood door!|
|Freckles and Floppy Ears! Our breeding hutch|
|This is a terrible pic, but this is our makeshift brooder, it was here when we moved ..|
We had cleaned out the woodshed that day to make room for all the wood, so all the feed storage was sitting out! It too is awaiting paint!
|Les set up a work table for me, so that when he is cutting with the chain saw, I can be cutting the pile of old rails from the old fences he and my dad to out.|
|We filled our woodshed about half full in about two hours, it sure helps to have so many extra hands!!|
|What is left of the wood Les drug home through the summer, some really nice big birch logs! He has them all bucked up now, just needs more time to finish splitting it all!|
|The other side of the run, if you really look you can see the split in the middle|
|The pile of old rails I get to chop up with the chop saw!|
|We also got started on the insulation for the floors...it is a really slow process!|