Busy Weekend Down on the Farm

We did way too much farm stuff this week­end.

We’ve known that the chick­en coop need­ed work before it could house the new lay­ing flock. We got car­ried away. Or rather the chick­en coop got car­ried away. We moved it from behind the barn out to the house-side edge of the pas­ture. We’ll be able to build a big­ger yard there with­out hav­ing to make it wonky shaped to leave room for the trac­tor to get in and out of the barn.

It’s amaz­ing what you can do with 2x8s some chain and a rea­son­ably capa­ble trac­tor!

Here’s what it looked like:

pulling the chicken coop

And here’s how we made it work.

skids chained to the tractor bucket.

The 2x8s and cross pieces are screwed togeth­er to make a pair of skids and then chains are hung on the buck­et of the trac­tor and it’s all lift­ed just a bit to get the front edges clear.

Then it’s a slow pull and a bit of tricky maneu­ver­ing at the end (we turned the coop 180 degrees) and the coop is now in it’s new place.

the coop in it’s new location

It also go a bit of new wall, a quar­ter sec­tion of new floor and a new pop-hole door. Oh, and some gut­ters! Now it needs paint — bad­ly. The only draw back to the new spot is that it is vis­i­ble from the house. So chick­en coop aes­thet­ics now mat­ter!

That all hap­pened Sat­ur­day. Sun­day we sheared. It’s amaz­ing­ly fast for such hard work.

shearing Satchmo

That’s Jim hold­ing Satch­mo by the head and Jason Black try­ing not to get kicked. Satch hates hav­ing his feet touched!