Peeps, a Motorcycle Ride and Finishing Prepping the Van For a Desert Trip

Sunday July 15, 2018 Guerneville CA.

Testing how much the chicks eat

Last night I emptied the black feeder as I wanted to see how much feed the chicks consume in a day. Turns out they only lowered the white pipe six or seven inches which means I have plenty of feed to tide things over while I’m on this trip.chicks


I’m going to putter today

This was a puttering type day as all I really had to do was finish getting the van loaded up for this trip to the desert and I didn’t have too much of that to do either. So it was mostly a sit around day. All my other projects are mostly completed so there was no need to deal with any of that stuff either.

Motorcycle ride to check the water level

In the afternoon I decided to charge my brother’s motorcycle battery and also check the water tanks to see how full they were.

Here’s our water tanks and they are full of water, to the top.tanks


I rode the bike up the hill to the ridge top and had a nice break here for a


Of course there’s always the view of the town of Guerneville down there.guerneville


As the day cooled I got to work

Once I returned home I sat around some more waiting for the sun to start down. Once it was down a bit I loaded my kayak and paddles and stuff for the boat and since the van was cooled down I loaded some more food stuff and some shirts. I never know what I might need in shirts so I always end up with way more of them than I need, but at least they are light and store easily.

Here’s the loaded van almost ready to go.van


It mostly just needs the cold stuff loaded which I will do in the morning.

That was pretty much my day for a lazy one.

Off to the desert

Marty and I will be leaving tomorrow morning for the north eastern part of Nevada and south Idaho. We’ll be near the Duck Valley Indian Reservation and the Jarbidge area and internet might be a bit shaky but I’ll post when I can.

Nice day.

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The Simpler Chicken Feeder Worked Good, So I Built Two More Of Them

Saturday July 14, 2018 Guerneville CA.

Simple is best

After watching the chicks use the new simple to make feeder yesterday, I decided to make a couple more of them. The chicks just seemed to take to this simple design.

But I didn’t have any more four inch PVC pipe, but I thought I knew where there was a piece over by my brother’s garden, so I walked over to look for the pipe.

Armstrong Valley Farm

Here’s one of my brother’s gardens where I should be able to find a piece of


Constructed two more chicken feeders

I found the piece of pipe and was able to make a four foot and a two foot feeder.  I cut the bottoms off two more gallon paint cans for the bottom dishes.

Here’s the finished feeders.feeders


They are super easy to construct. Drill three holes and put in three sheet metal type screws setting the dish off from the bottom of the pipe about a quarter inch or so.screws


Here’s what it looks like from the dish top. Some people use a larger pipe size cap for the dish, ,but I like this height better, but lots of things would work for the dish.base


Hanging up the feeder

I drilled two holes near the top and put some steel wire in them and hung them from another piece of steel wire that is also used to adjust the feeder height. Since I  have chicks the feeders are fairly low to the ground for now. I only installed one of todays feeders in this spot.feeder


Here’s the feeders in action, notice chicks are using all three of the feeders.peeps


I’m still not sure how I feel about the center feeder as it was harder to build and the chicks took longer to figure out how to use it, but they are using it so I will continue to test it out.

Simpler design has some advantages

You can see the chicks do use the other type of feeder, but only two can use it at a time. The simpler feeder can have five or six chicks feeding as you can see in the back one.chicks


More van prep

Toward evening I started putting some more stuff in my van and just in general getting it ready to go. Just a bit  more to go tomorrow and it will be ready to roll on Monday.

Another nice day.

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