Bulk Head Work, Mulch Pile and Helping Out the New Peeps

Monday September 16, 2019 Guerneville CA.

Checked my new peeps

I had a big project to do today but first I went out to see how the new peeps were doing. They’d jumped out of the egg nest box and were with one of the momma hens in the mulch pen scratching away like they should be doing.chicks

 

They seem to be doing just fine.peeps

 

Project for the day

My big project was to cut this old failed bulkhead down without getting hurt. I needed to cut the 2 inch steel pipe on the end where the rope is. I also put a metal brace on it just to be sure it stays up when I cut it with the band saw. The other pipe behind the one I’m cutting will also hold it up.work

 

Gave me a scare

It popped and gave me a scare as the saw cut through the pipe but it all stayed up in the air so all was good.

Here’s the end pipe cut off at the bottom and still standing.cutoff

 

Mulching the woodchip pile

About that time my brother Tom came by with his tractor to put the woodchip pile into a nice pile. I put the sprinkler on the pile to give it a good soaking and that should start it to mulch out faster than it would by itself.

Moving the channel

I used the rope to pull the thing over to this new spot where this piece will be so I can put a fence in to keep the chickens in and the deer out.

Coming along

By the end of the day I had it looking like this. I’ll have to get the arc welding out and weld it up eventually.newstuff

 

New peeps need help

I got a lot done and quit about dark when I remembered the new peeps couldn’t get up to the nest so I went to check on them.

Sure enough, the one momma was sitting with them just below the nest so I helped them up into the nest box.

That was it for me today. Got a lot done and had a nice day.

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Continuing With the Spring Work and a Big Pot of Vegetable Stew

Sunday September 15, 2019 Guerneville CA.

More water

Today I wanted to get some more water into our water tanks so I loaded up the quad runner and headed on up to a spring I’ve been working on.

On the way I went by this pipe that crosses the road that was in need of putting back up in the air so I worked on that a bit and got it done.

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More water in the tanks

Then I rode on up the hill to this spring I’ve been working on. It’s an old one that needed some repairs which I did and got the water flowing down the pipe. I measured the spring flow with the gallon paint can and it measured about a gallon and a half a  minute which is a good spring around this area especially for this time of year as this is when springs are at their lowest until they are replenished this winter. I didn’t finish putting this one together because I will want to do a little more work on it after the winter rains but it’s good enough water for our water tanks now.springwork

 

More spring work

After that I rode down the hill a little ways to this spring I’ve been checking out. This one was one gallon in 6 minutes. Not a lot but there are a few more like this one in the same area and water adds up. If I think there is enough water at these springs I’ll need to install some more main water pipe as I’ve never installed a main pipe to this spring area.can

 

Dug on this spring too

Here’s another spring close by the one above and it’s putting out about the same amount of water so that would be one gallon in tree minutes total which is an improvement and there’s more water here yet to be tapped.spring

 

Checking the water level at the tanks

All that digging wore me out so I headed on home stopping at our water tanks to check the gauge. tanks

 

Improving the tanks gauge

I put a pink ribbon on the gauge so it’s easier to see from a distance. With the added gallon and a half of water it should fill it right up. The gauge says it’s about five feet from the top full of water.gauge

 

That was enough work for me today so I went on home for a rest and a cup of coffee.

Checked the new chicks

I went by the new chicks to make sure they were not out of the nest and doing well.

They did well until evening when I found them on the ground with one of the Momma hens. The Momma hen took them to the nursery for the night but when all the other little chicks came in to roost the momma abandoned them and went back to the box nest with the other momma.

I had to elevate the three chicks back up to their mommas for the night.

Big pot of vegetable stew

I did go over to my brother’s garden and  picked some bell peppers and tomatoes and stole some onions from him too.

I had potatoes from my garden and pole beans too so I put a big pot of vegetable stew on the stove cooking away for a couple of hours and still has an hour to go.

Another nice day puttering around in the forest.

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