Sunday August 26, 2018 Guerneville CA.
Once I got it going this morning I went out to check on the chickens.
This is the runt from the older chickens that I transferred in with the chicks. She’s been doing pretty well with the chicks. I’ve noticed she breaths a bit on the heavy side so maybe there’s more wrong with her.
Collecting chicken feed
I watered and fed the chickens and then gassed up the weed mower to collect some grass for the chicken pens. It has lots of seeds in it so the chickens scratch in it a lot. I harvested three loads and spread them out in the chicken pens for the chicks.
Fuse block replacement
The next project I wanted to do some work on was the fuse block replacement in my Toyota Land Cruiser.
Screw driver didn’t work
I tried once more with a screw driver, but they wouldn’t budge, but my finger did when I pushed the screw driver into it. I cussed at myself for being stupid and put a glove on and kept at it, but gave up on the screw driver.
Hacksaw helped a bit
Now to get the screws off the wires
Hacksaw didn’t work
I tried the hacksaw on one of them but that wasn’t going to work.
The grinder and the vise grips
Very carefully I ground the heads of the stuck screws off.
Trying out the new fuse blocks
I tried fitting the new fuse blocks in place to see how they would go and I set things up to mount them, but didn’t get back to them until evening when there wasn’t enough light under there to see well, so it will keep until it is light enough.
Better watering system for the raspberry plants
Another project I’ve been working on was to improve the irrigation on the raspberry patch as the plants are doing poorly. I had all the old recycled tire drip hose collected and ready to repair and put in place. This type of drip has a lot of drip holes so lots more water gets spread out to the fine berry roots. Instead of one hose down the middle of the row, there’ll be two hoses, one down each side of the row where the fine roots should be located.
I worked on that for about three hours as there were a lot of leaks in the old hoses.
Here’s the rows of raspberry plants that I installed drip hose down both sides of each row. It had drip irrigation down the middle, but raspberry plants have fine roots off to the side so they weren’t getting enough water. I’d learned several years ago from experience with other raspberry plants that normal drip irrigation doesn’t work well with these berries. If this patch was doing what it should the berry canes would grow so big they’d stop all the weeds from growing.
Once that was done and all the leaks stopped I turned the water on and wet things down. Then I rounded up an automatic sprinkler controller and set it up.
Did some more mowing
I mowed a couple more loads of weeds for the chickens and that was about it for the day.
Get those chickens on the roosts
After dark I went out to see if my older chicks where up in the roosts or not. My brother says his chicks that are the same age are already using the roosts, but they have older chickens around they can see to know to use the roosts.
My chicks like their spot on the ground. I think they would be safer up on the roosts so the last few nights I’ve been going out and placing some of them on the roosts in the dark.
Tonight I put them all on the roosts and they were all up there when I left.
That was it for me today, nice day.