|The original Chicken Coop|
THEREFORE let it be known that I propose to use a different structure that is on the farm. It is currently just sitting next to the defunct chicken coop, with a decayed roof and boards inside of it to separate it into two halves for something (I don't know what). Check it out:
|Old and Busted|
See that metal thing? That's a sweet cylinder that would be just perfect for the chickens. It has one of those holes on each side, which can serve as perfect doors. Everything is just perfect.
Except the Roof. I mean look at that thing, it is in disarray. I'm gonna have to rip it all out, then move the cylinder over to where I want the coop (After I've built a floor for it), then put a roof on. I have an Idea, though, which could be really sweet if I can pull it off: A Reciprocal Roof (Or frame, whatever). I've been reading up on it mostly Here. It looks pretty sweet. Also, very sturdy, and we have plenty of old round fence posts that should be strong enough for this structure. I could be overstepping my bounds here, and trying to do too much at once, but If I'm not, this would sure be one of the coolest things I've done out here so far. It would also require only a minimum of extra materials that are not already on the farm. Mostly fastening straps.
So that is my dream for the chicken coop. That's the future, but let me dwell on the past for a little bit here.
I installed my first set of shelves in the barn! And I've started organizing all my junk, that I've been sorting into piles, onto the shelves! Have some pictorial evidence:
|Old and Busted|
|Cleaned and cleared wall|
|Somewhat Organized Stuff|
|More Somewhat Organized Stuff|
|Even More Somewhat organized Stuff|
|Finished Product, with usable, sorted junk lining the shelves|
Now I only have a small section left to sort and some more shelves to put up in its place, which currently looks like this (Which is very much what the section I just got done shelving looked like):
|SAME STUFF DIFFERENT ANGLE|
If you have ever wanted to see the grossness that is my nose after working in the dusty shop (And I know you haaaave!), click the following link. I am not posting this picture openly, but you can view it if you wish. It is gross, and a large closeup of my nasty nose. You have been warned. Don't blame me if you click on this link. The dirty buildup is simply from dust particles in the air in the barn. This is why things need to get cleaned up. I dream of a day when i can go out to the barn and breathe freely the clean, unsoiled air around me. Until that day comes, this happens to me every time I go to the barn to clean. Gross. I salute you if you actually clicked on it. If you did, you have now become intimate with my nose, I don't know whether to applaud or console you.
That is what I have ahead of me. In addition to my chicken coop building, and barn cleanup, I am taking an online class through the University of Idaho on Sustainable Small Farming and Ranching Practices. I've linked this blog from my first assignment (Kind of a "getting to know you" type post). Hello Classmates! Thanks for reading this (Sorry about the nose thing)! This class will go until the beginning of April. It looks like it is going to be a great resource and guide to get my priorities in order for the farm, have a little better idea of what I have ahead of me, and also connect me to some other great local people who are interested in production of farm goods in the same vein as me. Dad's taking the class with me, so we should have some good discussion about our specific farm and what it is going to take to get it to the place we want it to be.
As I'm writing this, I'm looking down the barrel of a few things happening: First of all, a good friend I grew up with in Everett is going to be visiting me this weekend. He lives in Boise now, and is taking the long MLK Jr Day Weekend to come over (Weather permitting, fingers crossed!) and help out with a few chores. This marks the SECOND time he's been out here to help on the farm. Just sayin', the rest of you are slacking off. Needless to say, We'll have plenty of fun projects to keep us busy.
Secondly, through persistent nagging of a certain friend, and the subsequent gathering of many other friends for birthday festivities in Seattle, I'll be going over there for a week during this long cold stretch of winter. Cost was was a prohibitive element until I actually looked and saw that Alaska Airlines has very reasonable rates from Boise to Seattle. Less than $140 including taxes! Howbouthat? Anyway, after this little visit, it'll be crunch time, since I plan on having chickens a little more than a month from when I get back. Like Groucho Marx says, Time flies like an arrow, Fruit flies like a banana. Goodnight Everybody!