Grow Pen Access for Chicks, Lighter Feed Tray Cover, Marty Visits and Planting Tomato Plants

Saturday June 15, 2019 Guerneville CA.

Chicken pen work

Once I got it going today I went out to do some work for the chickens.

Hop gate install

I wanted to put up one of the hop gates for the big chickens to get out to graze but not let the little chicks out. I wanted to let the little peeps into this main pen so they could get to two new grow pens to feed.

Here’s the hop gate I installed in the  main pen gate.hopgate


Feed tray improvement

Here’s some of the little peeps feeding in the nursery. Note the heavy board leaning on the fence I use  to cover the feed tray at night to keep the rats and mice out. I remove the board when I get it going each day sometimes not until noon.

Lighter cover board

So I was thinking if the board was a lot lighter the chickens could move it enough in the morning to get some feed until I got out there to move the board as they are poking around the feed tray anyway and would likely move the board just by accident.nursery


Tray covered

So I measured the tray and cut this thin eighth inch board to cover the tray and we’ll see how it works out. The camera will catch what  happens in the morning and record videos of it.board


Marty shows up to visit

About that time I heard an old van like mine pull into the driveway and knew it was Marty coming by for a visit.. So we sat around and shot the bull and got up several times to check out some raspberries and wild plums to eat as they are all starting to get ripe.

He stayed a couple of hours and then took off for home.

Chicks made it to the grow pens

It took a few hours but the chicks finally discovered how to get into the two new grow pens I opened up earlier in the day.

Here’s the two new grow pens the chicks just found their way into.growpens


Tomato plants from Joe

While I was at Joe’s yesterday he asked if I wanted some tomato plants which I did as the ones I tried to start didn’t make it. I asked for two and he gave me seven assorted kinds so I needed to get them into the ground which I did.

Planting plants

Here’s one of them I just planted. It looks more like a weed at this stage.tomatoes


I got them all planted and installed wire cages for them to grow in.plants


Other than that I did some chair hopping as usual and took it easy for the rest of the day for a nice one.

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Chickens, Deer, Big Onions, Joe’s Garden, Some Good Scrap Steel and Shopping

Friday June 14, 2019 Guerneville CA.

Visiting and shopping type day

Oh oh

As I was having my cup of coffee getting it going this morning I was watching my chicken pen camera on my computer when I saw this.boxes


That looked to me like the momma hen wanted to get back in on her eggs but there was another chicken on her eggs so she couldn’t get back in the nesting box, so I went out to have a look. Originally that chicken started out in the green box but the two hens changed boxes on me early on so they each had a nest and all was well.

So I opened up the box and sure enough the other chicken was on her eggs and wasn’t letting her back on the eggs. I took that chicken off the nest and showed her the entrance to the other box and she went right in and the other chicken got back on her eggs and all  was good again.

Clucking noises

I was headed to the shopping area today and was on my way out the door when I heard the chickens clucking like they do when eggs are being laid but this clucking was from the mulch run. I’d heard them do this once before out in one of the grazing pens. When I went out to check on all the noise the first time there was deer in the yard they were all staring at. I chased that deer out of the yard.

The deer in the yard

So today I was looking for the deer and sure enough there it was.deer


I chased it out of the yard over through my brother’s yard.

Armstrong Valley Farm onions

He was working on cleaning his vegetables to sell at the farmer’s market.

He gave me one of these five inch onions he’d just grown, a big red one. Looked yummy to me.onion


Visit with Joe

I finally got on the road and headed on over to visit with my friend Joe.

I found him in his shop doing some work. We shot the bull for awhile and as long I was there I needed to reactivate my cell phone to show them I use the thing so we did that.There’s no signal where I live so it’s pretty useless most of the time except when I travel.

Joe’s garden

Then we went out to have a look at his garden which puts mine to shame.

We entered his garden


Here’s Joe walking down one of his paths showing me around and changing the water as we went.joe


He has things in good shape and it looked like he spends a lot of time out here.plants


A view of his neighbors place.view


His favorite view

We approached some chairs and he says sit in this one it’s his favorite view so I sat down and yes it was a very good view from that seat looking down the path and out into his neighbors pasture. There’s a full blown airport on the other side of his neighbors place, just out of sight.view2


This area sure looked


And this lily area he changing the water in you can see in in it there or at least his hat.lillies


Tomato plants

Joe had a bunch of little tomato plants he gave me which I put in the car. That was good as all  my tomato plants I’d planted didn’t make it so things worked out great.

Checking out some junk

After a good visit I left to go check some old metal out my brother Barry told me he wanted to get rid of.

I drove on over to  have a look. The metal is on this old trailer that isn’t really a trailer but a unit someone was making for the Burning Man thing in Nevada but never finished.trailer


It turned out the thing was loaded with lots of steel more than I could really deal with. Fortunately I had my cell phone with  me that I’d reactivated while over at Joe’s and I’d put his cell phone number in it so I called Joe and told him to bring his truck on over and he could have all the metal.

Being a person that used a lot of steel and knows what it costs he was on his way.

Here’s some of the metal on the the unit.metal


More steel than I thought

Looking more closely I could see there was quite a bit of metal there.steel


The pipe on the right is a new piece of two inch steel pipe twenty one feet long and some more galvanized pipe. Nice stuff.



Joe arrives

It took Joe about a half hour for him to arrive and I helped him load some of it but he wasn’t feeling too good so I told him to take his time and come back for more of it. I asked if he knew a junk steel man to get rid of what he didn’t want and he did so he’ll arrange to get rig of it all for my brother.

Tried to visit Mike

I left him tying the steel down to  his truck and drove on up to Healdsburg to visit my older brother Mike, but he wasn’t home. He must have been out on his walk.

A bit of shopping

From there I drove on back to Walmart and did some shopping. I had planned to do some more shopping but that was all I had time for and I was already shopped out. It doesn’t take much shopping these days to shop me out. Just to many people around here.

I headed on home from there and put my stuff away. The day was almost over so I did some chair hopping  and puttered around the yard for a bit and that was pretty  much my day.

Nice one.

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