For almost half of my life, the first of August meant back to school. I would spend the entire month setting up my room, writing curriculum, purchasing supplies and most importantly, playing flash cards with my students’ photos, so I was able to call them by name, the first time they entered my classroom. (They thought I was magical!) Three years ago, all of that changed. Although I loved teaching, I had another dream knocking at my door. After 22 years of teaching elementary education, I decided it was time to close that door and open a new one. I had dreamed of having a farm, ever since I was a little girl. Wifey had the same dream. In March of 2014, we broke ground for the barn and Indigo Acres became a reality…
While the foundation of the barn was being built, we were busy doing some building of our own! It would not be a farm without chickens and ducks! Thank goodness the under garage/workshop was heated! March can be very cold, in Michigan. We immediately started to design and build our chicken and duck houses. We constructed and painted them in pieces, so they could be easily carried out to their permanent locations, for assembly.
Chicks and ducklings were ordered! I was like a kiddo waiting for Christmas morning!
I spent a ton of time with the baby birds. And yes, I talk to our animals!
Before we could move and assemble the houses, we had to set up the bird runs. Although the birds would free range during the day, they needed a protected place for night time We dug down about 18 inches and lined chicken wire underground to help with digging predators. This was a time-consuming task. A great big thank you to the individual that invented zip-ties!
One never knows what the weather in March might bring. Not even a late snow could stop us! We were determined to stay on schedule, knowing the birds would grow out of their brooder, in the under garage, quickly! We were machines! To this day, I am not sure how we made it all happen!
The Duck Run
The Duck House
The Chicken Coop
The Original Flock of 12
Process on the barn continued, but as with any construction project EVERYTHING took longer than planned. Reality hit, as the walls started to go up! Indigo Acres was really happening!
Watch for Part II of “If You Build It, They Will Come…” tomorrow!
Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…
Note: Are you wondering what the Geriatric Chicken Condo is all about? Here is the link!