I framed up the grow bed this week and set it in place to get an idea of how I want to mount it. First thing I noticed is that it seems much bigger than it did on the drawing. There is lots of garden space and I expect good production out of such a large area. That said, it is a little close on the sides for getting around.
Yet to do:
- Sheet the bottom of the grow bed
- line the pond
- line the grow bed
- mount grow bed
- install plumbing & electrical
It’s hard to get a sense of the size from the picture, but the grow bed is 10′ x 4.5′ and will sit atop of the fish pond which is 5’x4′. The front portion of the pond will have a slatted lid which should make a nice bench to sit on while out there. In the upper left you can see I’ve run my electrical providing a utility outlet and switch for the pump.
The required picture of the Chicks. Here they are enjoying a plum and butternut squash. They are almost 15 weeks now. We are hoping they will start laying around the end of August / first of September.
I’ve nearly got the fish pond built. It is ready for the liner now.
The girls prefer to roam around the yard constantly scratching for a treat. They love the fact I cleaned out the planter and prepared the yard for grass. As soon as it cools off a bit, I’ll put the grass in, then they will really be in heaven.
It is a little more than 10 weeks since we received our chicks. They seem huge compared to the day they arrived. I’ve been surprised that there really hasn’t been any squabbling to establish a pecking order.
I’ve still got a lot to do on the yard, but they don’t seem to mind. They love to roam around the entire yard always searching for something good to eat.
2 weeks ago I had a water leak in the hen house. I’ve been amazed how little there is to do in the way of care for keeping chickens. My entire family has been amazed at the complete lack of smell and noise from the girls.
Then a couple of weeks ago, we noticed it was starting to smell a bit. I found the water regulator I had purchased began to leak causing a moldy stink in the hen house. I shut the water off and removed the regulator, cleaned the house out and let it dry out in the 110 degree heat here for 3 days. I next constructed a bucket regulator to replace the one I purchased from Farm-Tek. New pine shavings, clean fresh water, and a dry house and everything is back to normal.
I picked up these nest pads this week for $3 each. Looked like a great way of keeping the nestboxes clean. I’m hoping in a couple of months they will start laying.
We are so fortunate that we have the freedom to enjoy time with our families in the great outdoors. Our family is grateful to all those who have served our country. It is because of the sacrifices of so many that we can take time to visit places like Redrock Canyon.
The shade is now complete and part of the coop. Left to do is build the fish pond and garden bed.
The chicks are 24 days old now and have grown so. They are each developing their own personalities. Sadly, we lost one of the five chicks last Saturday. They all seemed very healthy and strong Friday night when I last checked on them, but in the morning one was gone. The other four were all laying on top of her as if they knew something was not right.
They now come out of the house each day and seem to love the freedom of roaming around in their run, scratching, constantly and looking for something good to eat.
I’ve also started phase 2 of my project which is the Aquaponics garden. I’m working on getting the shade cover up so I can complete the rest of the build out of the sun. This part as you can tell is an extension of the coop.
Here is a shot of what I got done today and some new pictures of the girsl.
The chicks arrived about 9:30 this morning. My wife and daughter picked them up and all look to be doing well. By the time I got home from work, they all had names already.