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Log cabin duck coop

This is our new addition too our back yard flock we had the bright idea too get our selves some ducks (witch My wife and I did not mind too relive our...

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How to Set up a Pig Pen

Pigs have several basic requirements in a pen space. Setup your pen to create a clean, comfortable space.

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Spring Chickens

Well being as it's spring in the Pacific Northwest - I thought I'd share with you all our chicken coop and a bit about how we got there. We found this little gem posted "free" on Craigslist after having hunted for something like this for weeks. Hitched up the trailer and drove out to see it - couldn't beat the price. But... It was one of those "some assembly" required when it was new - the owner had built the shed in his backyard - inside his 6' fence. The gate wasn't wide enough to accommodate the shed but thanks to the help of two neighbors, myself, Adam, and the owner, we were able to hoist it over the fence to freedom. (The shed is made of light-weight sheet metal and doesn't have a floor.) Our first step was to build a platform for it to live on as we didn't want it to be subjected to rodent visitors. Then we placed inexpensive peel-n-stick tiles over the plywood floor for easy cleaning. I don't know if you know this but chickens can be kind of gross... I had to work double time as the sun started to go down finishing just as it got dark. The next day we mounted the coop to the platform and Adam cut the "chicken" door out of the lower right corner. Here's a view from the inside. Next step was to build the perimeter of the run - keeping a space to allow for a door for us to access it - and completing the run with 2"x4" galvanized steel fencing - being careful to counter sink the fencing an inch or so around to deter unwanted visitors. We topped the roof with corrugated steel and decided to install a window into the coop for more light. We found the 24"x24" window at a local re-sale store for fairly inexpensive. We also installed two simple HVAC vents to either end of the coop that can open and close depending on the weather for some cross-ventilation. For the interior we concluded that the ladies didn't need all 4' x 8' of the space so we devised a way to build a closet space into the front 1/4. Here we can keep their food, bedding and other miscellaneous chicken supplies. The middle shelf you see in the closet extends the length of the coop where we've installed their double nesting box as well as the roost where they will sleep. Here's Doris trying out the little ramp we included to assist them on and off the shelf if needed. See, I told you chickens can get gross. And for the final step - making it look nice! We chose two exterior paint colors - one for the "trim" and one for the rest of the "siding." I then cleaned the exterior from top to bottom, allowed it to dry, and painted (2) coats of paint and primer in one. Then I twisted Adam's arm into making me shutters and a window box which I painted a contrasting color and filled with geraniums. Last but not least were two hanging baskets filled with flowers and these girls are set. What are you doing to get ready for spring? Are you as in love with planting colorful flowers around your yard as I am?

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The Truth about Self-Sufficiency on a Quarter Acre - The Seasonal Homestead

What is self-sufficiency? The definition is needing no outside help in satisfying one's basic needs, especially with regard to the production of food. Over the years, I’ve read many books and articles claiming that food self-sufficiency is possible on a quarter acre. From my own experience, I have to say I disagree. So how much space is necessary to be self-sufficient in regards to food? I hope to enlighten you to a more reality based self-sufficient garden space needs based on experience.

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Our inspiration for 1/4 acre farm

Last fall April and I wanted to start getting our hands dirty, mud caked fingernails, sweaty foreheads, outdoor punishment. We have always been a little green around the thumb with planting our flower gardens, but we wanted more. First step for me is always research.... Learn something everyday is my motto. I went to my most favorite location to start my research. What would the world do without this place? Every time April and I are like, "So...what do you want to do tonight?" It will inevitably lead us to the front doors of B&N. Now that my research can begin I make my way to the gardening section, it takes a real man to sit down next to six women and look at garden books. Two of these women glanced over at me with a half snicker in the corner of their lips. On with the research... I found the most amazing book called "The Backyard Homestead" which could potentially lead April and I down the path of being farm folk. Below is the idea that we are after for our layout. The house even kind of looks like our house and yard layout. Basically this would be our goal for the next 1-3 years of getting it ready. Because we live within city limits though we would need to nix the pigs :-( The next thing on my list is the removal of a couple of trees in the back yard and starting the construction of the raised beds. Today though I am going to be working on a project for a friend of mine. I am turning an old piano from 1930ish into a TV stand. I will post pictures as the project comes along. Happy research to everyone and keep learning something.

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Put an old canoe on bricks, drill a drain hole, then fill with water.

Explore eugenebackyardfarmer's photos on Flickr. eugenebackyardfarmer has uploaded 14 photos to Flickr.

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Clean Eating on a Budget...Is it possible?

I hear over and over again I would buy organic, but I just can't afford it. While it is true that organic is more...

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NYDH contest5

Contest # 5: Madamwlf's Caption That Photo Contest Description: This contest is for the best caption thought bubbles, explanation to the...

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Design your Homestead & Backyard Farm Plans - Family Food Garden

When planning your new homestead, you need to figure out your goals. Then you can plan and design your farm plans and layouts. Farm design tips

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Duck Houses

This looks like a thread I need to go back and read. marking my place :frow

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