Peep Protection and Replacing the Van’s Broken Shackle

Sunday May 10, 2020 Guerneville CA.

Lost a chick I think

One of my baby chicks disappeared yesterday. I think a hawk might of got it as it’s been going outside the pen where it’s not safe for little guys. At least I think I lost one but I’m not sure for certain yet as they can be hard to count sometimes.

Need a special door

To prevent this I needed to make a special chicken door that would let the larger birds out but not the little guys.

I measured and cut some rebar and welded it together and put some wire on it and made a small door that would open at the top to let the big guys go through but not the little guys.

Here is the thing I put together with the door propped open and now needs to be installed.door


Checked out the Ford tractor

I went over to check out my bother’s old Ford tractor as there was something wrong with the fuel line as it wasn’t letting much fuel down to the


Plugged fuel line maybe

I checked the fuel line and found no gas was coming down from the fuel tank so the gas needs to be drained from the fuel tank so I can check it out so I put that on hold for now until  my brother can get the gas tank drained of fuel.gasline


Installing the new door thing

I was eager to get the new door thing installed before I lost another peep.

I worked on installing it. There’s  a chicken run there that the big birds use but if the little guys use it they can get out as there is some wire there with big holes in it that the little guys can use to get out.

Here’s the new door with the door closed up so no birds can get out to  keep the pen safe at night.door2


Protecting the little guys

Here’s the new door with the door open for the big birds to get to the run. The smaller birds are too small to get up to the door to get out so this should work to  keep the little guys in and away from the hawks.door3


Replacing the van’s broken shackle


Late afternoon I got to work on replacing the broken shackle I broke on my last desert trip.

Because of the rubber mounts the old one is real difficult to remove but I eventually got the old broken one off.shackle


New shackle installed

The new part was a bit different than the old one and I wasn’t sure it would work but after I got it all tightened up it appeared to fit ok and I got it done.shackle2


I only have a couple small things to do to finish off the van project, but not today.

Moving the chicken watering device

Towards evening I moved one of the chicken’s water bowls to this new spot. I think it will be easier for me to clean it out in this spot.water


Momma and peeps

The chickens must know it’s supposed to rain tomorrow so they went to bed early today.chicks


I put a few things a way that might get wet in the rain and did some chair hopping and puttering around and that was my day just taking it easy and getting stuff done.

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2 Responses to Peep Protection and Replacing the Van’s Broken Shackle

  1. DAVID EVANS..upriver... says:

    I’m with Patsy…..That shot wins the “Cute” prize today for sure….

  2. Patsy Irene says:

    Look at those baby peeps! She is just enjoying her Mother’s Day, I think. :)

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