If You Build It, They Will Come…

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…

 

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Our farm t-shirt logo…
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Our blank canvas…
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Time for some trucks!
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We live on 13 acres, but due to woods, wetlands and a natural pond, our open field was the best location for building the barn.
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Cement time!!
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Foundation progress…
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I was surprised to come home to this little yellow box of sunshine, in the field!

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!

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There is nothing better than picking up this box, from the post office, filled with chirps and quacks!!

I spent a ton of time with the baby birds.  And yes, I talk to our animals!

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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!

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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

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The Chicken Coop

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The Original Flock of 12

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Over the weeks, the chicks changed quickly!  Unfortunately, we only have two left from this original flock.  Both Tico and Comet are farm favorites and are enjoying life in the geriatric chicken condo!
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Let the digging of the well begin!

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!

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One wall at a time…

 

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When the workers leave their toys unattended…

Watch for Part II of “If You Build It, They Will Come…” tomorrow!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

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Note: Are you wondering what the Geriatric Chicken Condo is all about?  Here is the link!

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https://growingself.blog/2017/03/08/the-geriatric-chicken-condo/?iframe=true&theme_preview=true

 

 

32 thoughts on “If You Build It, They Will Come…

  1. It’s great to see how Indigo Acres began. I LOVE your duck pond outside of your Duckingham Palace. The ducks must be so happy to live there. The chickens have a very nice pad, as well. Can’t wait to see the barn finished and all of your other animals. Say Hi to Wifey for me! 🤗 🤗 Hugs to you both!

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    1. There is a point that you decide “why not”, after you have spent years dreaming about it all. No one can ever be 100% prepared. Learn as you go! One day we decided to stoping dreaming and make it all happen! Here we are!

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  2. Wow what a story. Good to see that dreams can come true. It makes me hopeful even though my own dream is not yet clearly identified. I guess that is due to the fact I stopped dreaming such a long time ago. Thanks for reminding me of the importance to dream. Looking forward to read part 2

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    1. We learned a ton over the past three years! We had to pump that mini pool out every day, due to the ducks being so messy! It might look cute, but they never wanted to get out! They would lay their eggs while swimming! Needless to say, three years later, they now have kiddy pools that can easily be picked up and dumped daily! 😂😜

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  3. This is great! I love knowing about the origins of the ol’ farm. From the looks of your garden (now) I thought you just e bought something well established. You’ve done an amazing job to get it looking like it is in such a short amount of time. Oh and I think you’re magical too 😉🌹

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  4. I am in awe. I generally need instructions to operate a Manchester Screwdriver (Hammer).
    Actually this is quite unnatural. You are not allowed to be so good at this stuff and so good-looking too, dammit!
    🙂

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    1. My last post of the series will be the ” lessons learned” so far! As for the T-shirts, it is time for me to have more printed. I also thought it would be a fun giveaway on the site!

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  5. Awesome pics! I’m so glad I’ve found another animal talker 🙂 About the flashcards magic, it didn’t go unnoticed. That’s a freaking fabulous idea 😀

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