The Lawn Mower

Cub Cadet

Pin ItWe moved from a zero lot line house where we had landscaped away ALL the grass, every last blade!  We had gotten rid of all our lawn equipment.  And here are with 20 acres.  Now granted, we are going to have to either have someone come in an mow and bale most of it, but still there are two yards and the perimeter areas that need to be kept up regularly.  So it became very obvious that one of our first major purchases was going to have to be a riding lawn mower. Google Map Your Land! Thank goodness for google maps.  We were able to look at our property and see exactly how much of our land is pond, buildings, forest, pasture and what we need to mow ourselves.  In our case, we have about 3 acres that we need to mow. Research I started researching mowers in … to read more of the poop…

5 Reasons Why We Had Our Shed Built

Pin ItChemical Storage One of our first planned expenses was a shed or storeroom for chemicals.  We don’t believe it is safe to keep paint, fertilizer, etc in the same area that we build things.  Also, we run a business out of our home that uses chemicals, so we have more than the average person.  Building a chemical storage building was our first priority once we got moved in. Research|Research|Research I did extensive internet research on the type of building I needed.  Some of our chemicals cause metal to rust so anything that had metal was out.  This included plastic premade sheds since they are fitted together with metal.  We decided that a good old fashion wood building was our best bet.  I first priced out the local big box and building it ourselves.  I looked at prefab online.  I also saw an ad for a local company that would … to read more of the poop…

The Chicken Coop

Chicken Coop Up-Sized!

Pin ItThe coop is inside the barn/stable.  We do not plan on ever having horses, so we use the barn for storage.  It also seemed like the perfect place for the girls to be safe and warm.  So the run is built right outside of the barn with an automatic door leading out. Nesting Boxes We are planning on about a dozen chickens, so I built 6 nesting boxes (in case we get more).  Probably way too many, but its easier to build them all at once then to add more later.  It is a simple wood build using materials that I had on hand. Roosting Bar I built the roosting bars out of 2 x 4  wood.  The girls will sit on  4 inch wood so their feet will be flat and covered from below. This keeps their feet warm.  I built the roosting bar on a hinge so … to read more of the poop…

The Chicken Run

The Chicken Coop

Pin ItWe had a very unusual sale of our old house.  The chickens had to stay!  We hated to leave them behind, they really were more pets than anything, but in the end, it was for the best.  We did not have a coop at the new place, so this kept them safe and gave us time to build a new coop in due time.  We decided that we upsized our property from a zero lot line to 20 acres, we needed to up-sized our home for the “new girls”. Exercise is Important At our old house, the girls had free range of our backyard during the day.  We had a hill that they loved to climb, so even though it was small, they got lots of exercise.  I built a small run so they had shelter in bad weather and they had a coop made from an old playhouse.  … to read more of the poop…

Garden

The Garden

Pin ItAfter gardening on a zero lot line property for over 30 years, I was very excited at the unlimited possibilities of gardening on 20 acres. Reality Gopher’s, Deer, Sand The reality hit me really quick: first it was the sand.   We are talking pure sand.  Beach kind of sand.  Great for drainage.  Nutrients in the soil, not so much!  Then we can talk about the gophers.  Sometimes you can look out at the field and it looks like an old world war two practice bombing field.  Craters everywhere.  Then deer.  We love deer.  They are so sweet to look at.  People come out to visit and we tell them we have deer and and they ask if they can come shoot them.  We say sure, as long as it is with a camera.  But seriously, they can really hurt a garden.  So bad soil, gopher’s to eat the roots … to read more of the poop…

We’ve Moved!

We Moved

Pin ItWhile I can’t say that we have not planned for this, it still happened in a very quick and sudden way: all good, mind you- but still still very quick. A Dream We have dreamed of owning property all of our married life, well, at least 20 of the 36 years.  I mean, who really has 4 chickens in a zero lot line yard unless they are dreaming of more? So we had been updating our house slowing over the last five years.  We just always found one more thing that needed to be done. Collections Then, there was the STUFF!  20 years of collecting stuff.  I am talking more than a Dr Pepper collection or a vintage cane collection (guilty of both plus many more).   I am talking “lets pick that up, we might need that on the property someday” collection.  So we had stacks of wood, cinderblocks, … to read more of the poop…

Video – How To: Trailer Security

Video – How To: Trailer Security

Pin It   Today we are looking at how I protect my investment in my trailers to deter would be thieves. We are looking at the different types of locks used for trailer doors, wheel locks, and the most important in my book, the Coupler Lock (other wise known as the tongue lock). We have used different locks over the years, and we have found these to be our picks. You can pick up these locks at the links below.     Trimax Hockey Puck Locks   Trimax Wheel Lock Proven Locks 2516 AS – All Steel – Heavy Duty Design – Anti Theft Trailer Coupler Lock

Texas Heat VS Free Rocks

Texas Heat VS Free Rocks

Pin It The Side Yard- The Less is Better Principle After I finished the front yard we knew we needed to do something with the side yard. I had to deal with the shade issue but I also had to handle the situation that the yard had a steep slope that made it very difficult for the water to not just run off. I knew I couldn’t do anything about the shade, but I might be able to fix the slope. I thought about terracing the yard but with my son’s truck and my truck in the driveway it would create a trip hazard that I didn’t want to deal with. My wife said that since it was now June and the Texas heat was quickly sneaking up on us, this was a project we would tackle in the fall. But the Rocks are FREE!!! Actually, they are mini boulders. … to read more of the poop…

Precision Pet Wood Treadle Chicken Feeder Review

Precision Pet Wood Treadle Chicken Feeder Review

Pin It About 5 months ago I purchased the Precision Pet Wood Treadle Chicken Feeder because of a rodent problem. I was seeing small rats getting into my hanging feeder. I also saw droppings all around the feeder. I was very concerned about diseases in and around the girls. Stop Feeding the Rats I read that treadle feeders should eliminate or reduce problems from rodents. At the time I only had 3 chickens and I didn’t want to spend a lot on a feeder. I was using a Precision Pet Cape Cod Coop without any issues. The Coop seemed to be built reasonably well; therefore I felt that another one of their products should also be reasonably well built. Read the Instructions: All the Instructions The first thing I noticed when I received the feeder was that the instructions were simple to understand pictures. Unfortunately in my exuberance to get … to read more of the poop…