Jul. 8th, 2010 10:45 am
[identity profile] gailmom.livejournal.com
Rain barrel downspout diverters arrived. yay!! I've now poked around with the pieces, instructions in hand, long enough to understand how it works....oooh....cool.

I'm tempted to go install them right now...but...but...I have to find my safety goggles first. Somehow cheating on the safety part while the kids can see seems...not good.

But when I do install them, I'll probably go ahead and install all of them, and then add rain barrels later, unless the niggling something in the back of my brain tells me why it thinks that is a bad idea.

In other news, I let the wyndottes out with the big girls yesterday, and Top Chicken promptly chased them back into their pen and intimidated them into staying there...even after she left that section of the yard. :P I let them back out this morning, and Buffy was flipping out, so I warned her that was a bad idea, but if it meant that much to her she could come out for a while now that she had eaten her breakfast. She came running out...

...the Wyndotte horde proceeded to chase her.

Until Top Chicken noticed that someone was getting harassed in HER yard and she wasn't leading it.....

...so she chased the Wyndottes for a while until they settled down.

Ah, pecking order.

Since all that was going on, I went ahead and caught Spot and put her in a cage with some water and food. She'll either get picked up today by the woman who wanted her as a pet, or picked up tomorrow by LT to feed to her family. Either way, within 48 hours she won't be my problem, and right now removing her means all the pecking order rearranging can happen in one go.

Lots of chicken talk in my yard today. I think I'm glad we don't speak chicken, I bet those girls swear like sailors in a foreign port. ;)

ETA: and Spot has now been picked up. Apparently saying "no really, I have backup stewpot plans now" finally got Murphy to help the woman who was going to take her find time in her schedule. Bye, Spot! Have a good life as a pet. :)
[identity profile] gailmom.livejournal.com
All has not been as quiet here as it has been on the blog. This year's chickens grow apace, the rooster will be exchanged for a younger pullet (hopefully) hen on Tuesday, and Spot goes to her new home, stewpot or pet, by the end of the month.

The fabulous tree people came and climbed much higher than I'm willing to, power tools in hand, to remove the three dead trees. They will be back to fix the wire fencing that got damaged, and to remove the last of the stump from within the chicken pen, then I'll be gratefully handing over large wads of cash. I may ask them to take down that small tree in the front yard instead of fixing the fence, we'll see if they go for that.

It's been hot enough that a friend of ours lost 5 of her older 6 chicks this year to the heat. I've been hosing down the roof of the girls pen every afternoon (well, not this afternoon, it's cloudy, drizzly, and relatively cool) and adding ice cubes to the water containers to cool down the water enough they can drink. Hot hot hot. I expect that will get worse before it gets better (because duh) and I'm looking into the possibility of a misting cooling system for a more permanent solution to the too-hot-for-hens. Their egg production has dropped and I suspect that is why.

The sink hole is, indeed, our problem, though the city is grateful that we called them to investigate, since they found two breaks in the sewer line near (but not near enough) to it. I think I have an idea on how to fix it, thanks to my time in the country, and if it works, I'll let you know. :P (and own waders by the time it's fixed).

Our water barrels (2) have been backing up when it storms, and I've spent some time researching a way to fix it that doesn't involve me going out every time it rains to decide if the water should go in the barrel or in the drain today. Think I found one, and though it isn't cheap, it is probably cheaper than roof repair in the long run. 0.o

While doodling around the internet, dreaming and plotting between research, I've come across the idea of toilet tank basins, as well as found conversion kits to install dual flush systems on our perfectly good, if older, toilets. I think I found some that will allow us, for about $330, to install both basins AND dual flush systems on both our households toilets. That would be AWESOME. I'm starting a savings ledger for just that, and will keep you updated (with pics) if I can make that happen.

That's about it around here...I dream of drainage ditches and awnings of grape vine...and then I go hose down my hens. ;P



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