Putting on the door

12/28/2008 at 7:38 pm (animals)

Finally got around to putting a door on the lower half of the chicken coop so that I can get their feeder and waterer out without lifting the entire coop up.

Here’s some funny video Noel shot while I was working.

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Chicken tractor finished

12/10/2008 at 6:38 pm (animals)

Well, enough so that the girls could move in anyway.

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Tractor roof

12/08/2008 at 9:13 pm (animals)

So I was having trouble trying to figure out how to do my chicken tractor’s roof on the side I wanted to open.

But last night I figured it out, and this afternoon I put it together!
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I was going to have two pieces the lower half hinged so that it would flip up to allow access to the nest boxes and to allow cleaning.

The problem with that is that the roof will leak where the joint is. Some friends of ours (whose chicken tractors were a great inspiration for mine) suggested using an old bicycle inner tube to cover the joint.

But I was convinced that there had to be a simpler way. And then it dawned on me.

Make it so that the upper half overlaps the bottom half by a bit, and then make it so that the lower half just slides in and out allowing access to the coop!

So that’s what I did. You can see the lower half in the closed position in the above photo.

In the first photo below you can see the shim I placed under the upper half of the roof that allows the lower half to slide in. And in the second photo below you can see the pieces of wood that keep the lower half from sliding off.

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chickentractor5I hope it works as well as I think it should. It was raining a bit ago so I should go check and see!

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Tractor progress

12/07/2008 at 5:30 pm (animals)

chickentractor2Here’s today’s progress on the coop. Nest boxes in and one side of the roof on.

Was having some technical difficulties trying to figure out how best to attach the door. But I believe that I’ve got it figured out!

Stay tuned!

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Upset tummy tea

11/11/2008 at 9:04 am (animals, food, herbs)

This morning Milo (our dog) woke up with a stomach ache. Usually I give him a little bit of pepto bismol, if I can catch him. He hates the pink stuff! I figured if we’re trying to find more natural things for us to take for ailments, why not him. So, I grabbed a book I’m borrowing from a friend called Country Wisdom and Know-how and looked up to see what kinds of recipes it had for dogs. I noticed the book had some really good simple herbal recipes for animals and was pleased when I had all the ingredients. It called for peppermint, ground cloves and ground ginger. 1-2 teaspoons 3 times a day. Since he’s so small, I gave him 1 teaspoon and he actually seemed to like it! It’s basically made like tea and I have to wonder if it won’t work on humans too. I think I’ll try it before I reach for a peppermint candy to soothe a stomach ache.

The recipe: Take one cup of water and bring to a rolling boil. Add 1 teaspoon dried peppermint, 1 pinch of ground cloves, 1 pinch of ground ginger. Turn off heat and steep for 10-15 minutes. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for 2 days. 1-2 teaspoons, 3 times a day.

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