My current home doesn't have a verandah but I'd like it to! A long porch surrounding the entire house. With a porch swing, potted blueberry plants, and a long strong dog laying at my feet. The sweet smell of lrosemary and freshly-turned soil wafting across my yard. The chickens clucking contentedly as they scratch for goodies in the fertile dirt. Knowing we have a full root cellar, trees in the orchard about to drop their bounty, and soup made all from hand-picked harvests bubbling in the crockpot. Heaven.

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Chicken Coop almost done

It seems like we worked very hard today, and STILL the chicken coop isn't completely done! I mean, we got the goat pen mucked out, some dead trees removed, three cover-up hats made, and the property examined. PLUS we got the chicken coop almost done.
The above is a pic of the little area of popcorn, amaranth and sunflowers that I planted the other day. Not very big, but it's more of an experiment anyway. Never grew amaranth before and thought I'd see if I can do it first on a small scale. This is right outside of the goat pen.
This above pic shows the boxes of potatoes that I planted. On our deck. Near the blue pool with cabbage, broccoli and greens. For the potatoes, I used some of our moving boxes, and some of those boxes had the baby chicks in them so lots of poo. I noted which boxes had what so that we'll know what works and what doesn't.

The above pic shows the goat pen to the right, and the chicken coop in the middle (to the left of the goat pen). Here we obviously haven't finished it, but certainly made headway!

The above is a close-up of the inside of the chicken coop (hen house), with a "wall" showing on the right (that will separate this coop from the next). The hen house is 4 x 4 x 4. The bottom and back 2 feet is just open, with a brace. The two 2-feet had 2 levels of 3-section nesting-box areas. I still need to find dishpans or something to put there for them to lay in. All of that is the back 2 feet. The front 2 feet is open, except for the 2 roosts ... one at 16 inches and one at 25 inches. We still have to put the front door on this house.

This is a close-up of the nesting box area. We put a "lip" on the front of each level just in case the hens decide to lay outside of the cozy boxes. No eggs rolling onto the ground for us!

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Yes, we're still major-big-time burnt. We did have good covering hats on today, with flaps at the back for our necks, but I think it's kinda closing the barn door after the cow got out. Too late. Drinking lots of water too.
Hubby has one more day off. Hoping to finish the hen house, get the fence finished and install the gate. Still have more trees to plant, but I doubt we'll get to that tomorrow. Also need to start/finish the second hen house and coop, and re-construct the goat pen.
Yeah, right.
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Please plant a nut or fruit tree today.

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