Over the past week, we have spent much time constructing the new chicken cottage. Yes, I know, my bird addiction continues! This will be our 4th chicken structure, since Indigo Acres was established in 2014. Last summer, we constructed the geriatric chicken condo, for the retired ladies. They live happily there, basking in the sun and occasionally laying a few eggs. Read more about that project here: https://growingself.blog/2017/03/08/the-geriatric-chicken-condo/
For the past week, we have been focusing on our new structure. Although it does not have a formal name, for now I will call it the “chicken cottage”. I think it has a nice ring to it! This structure will house our polish, silkie and bantam chicken breeds. Oh, and a few quail, too! As you can see, we have made some great progress in one week…
We still have to add windows, finish the roof and trim out the walls. Then, the fun part – painting! Watch for more updates, soon! The goal is to have the outside complete by this coming Sunday! Cross your fingers!
If you have been following Growing Self since it all began, in March 2017, you know that we have had a few construction projects this year. Our focus has been to create our “Stay-cation” . When our hobby farm, Indigo Acres, was established in 2014, we were committed to call this home forever. Our home is 20 years young, which means a few renovations are needed.
In 2017, we have tackled our final house renovations: a complete kitchen remodel, new flooring and paint throughout the entire house and the installation of almost 50 new windows! There is only one renovation left to tackle…the pool!
Although the pool looks beautiful from afar, it has a few issues. First, there is a leak, causing water loss. Secondly, the bottom desperately needs to be painted…this is where it becomes a bit complicated. Beyond the pool is a large natural pond… The water table has become extremely high, in this area, over the years. Originally, the pool installation was a serious undertaking, with almost 50 well points installed to pump the ground water to a level where the pool could be safely and successfully created.
The current worry…by the time we spend weeks pumping the ground water to a level where we can successfully drain the pool to paint, there is still a good chance it will pop out of the ground. NOT FUN! Solving this problem took some creative problem solving! Our team of amazing pool experts embraced our water challenge. We all came to the conclusion that the best approach was to fill in the 9 foot deep end, creating a sports/lap pool. Although this is a pricey venture , it is a much less expensive option, compared to starting from scratch, if our current pool were to pop out of the ground.
Today, the pool construction began…
We were out of the danger zone! What an amazing and productive Day 1 of pool renovations! Keep a lookout for more updates on our final renovation project!
Spring was in full swing on the farm. It was May 2015 and the perfect time for baby animals. It was an easy decision… we would expand our duck flock! I so enjoy ducks and their eggs are completely divine! These cute little fuzzy friends are Indian Runner ducks. Once fully grown, they appear more like a wine bottle with legs!
The ducklings grew and changed quickly! Within 6 weeks, the they were starting to show their true colors. By June, it was warm enough outside that we were able to move the ducks to their permanent run.
Construction of the garden cottage was coming along nicely. Were were excited to soon have storage a bit closer! Hauling tools back and forth, from the house or barn, was becoming a bit daunting.
She was finished! Now we could fill her up with tools, a potting bench and solar lights! We added a little nook behind the cottage, for it was one of the only shady areas in the potager. We finished the cottage area by adding a stone path and many cottage garden perennials. Now, we had to just relax and watch them grow!
We had one more building project for Spring of 2015…the Hay Barn! We needed approximately 450 bales of hay to feed the goats and horses, for a year. The hay would be delivered in July, so we knew we had another construction project that needed to start, ASAP. As much as we would have had fun building the structure, we knew time was not on our side. Once again, we handed the project over to a crew of professionals!
I have a love/hate relationship with the hay wagon! I am thankful when it arrives, for I am able to provide the critters with high quality feed. Stacking hay is also a great workout! But, why does it always have to arrive on the hottest, 90 degree day of the season!!??
Spring had come and gone. It was time for planting the potager! Our first harvest would be right around the corner! What an exciting time it was…
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Note: If You have missed part of the “If You Build It They Will Come” series, you can link to them below!