Mom has been living in her new house this weekend. We tore down the kennel that Mom uses for her chicken run and move it out to her new home. We both knew it would bee a tough job and having an weather change with an ICY wind really made the job suck! One of the kennel walls has a 4 x 8 foot chunk of OSB that made a bitch to move, but that OSB wall cuts the wind blowing into the little chicken door to the chicken house. It was about 45 minutes prior to sunset when Mom opened the chicken door to the kennel and the birds had a blast scratching around in the protected ” Chicken Run”.
We still need to add a some top fencing to the kennel to keep out predators but we are looking at using green plastic garden/snow type fencing rather than adding chicken wire. Mom likes to add a tarp to the top of the kennel to protect the birds from the weather and the plastic fencing won’t tear up the tarp like the metal chicken wire. I’m still working on adding a light weight wood frame to support the kennel “roof” that will angled so snow will slide off rather than way down the fencing on the top of the kennel.
The weather has shifted, so instead of all the cold weather running down the east side of the Rockies and freezing you all back east it is our turn for cold weather with coming down the western slope of the Rockies. Looks like Mom was right that FEB. and March being our cold months locally. Heck you folks back east need some warmer weather and I hope flooding won’t be a problem. I am doing very good on wood as all my pine seems to be burning well after having a couple of months to season naturally. I prefer burning fruit wood or even Douglas fir rather than pine but after my mad scramble to find wood to burn last fall I have several full wood racks and even better a good plan to get a mix of fast & hot burning wood. Plus the Dually pickup to get long burning fruit wood from the local Orchards.
I did have a have some bad news on my Dogs. Diana the Peke passed away in her sleep after a great 15 years of life. Tucker the peke got into a fight and pop out an eyeball and the eye could not be saved. So the vet removed the eye and sewed the lid shut. Tucker is doing darn good around the place thought he looks a bit like Popeye with his sewed lid. Another $700.00 for Tucker’s surgery killed my newly created “emergency fund”. Well it was an Emergency, so I guess it all worked out. Going to take a few months being tight with funds to start building a new Emergency fund and get the new garden beds installed. At the very worst I’ll have to use last years garden beds, which is not so bad in the grand scheme of things.