Jeanine, funny only a permie would ask such a thing. I've been mentally grinding on that one for over a year now. MUST MAKE USE OF THE BIG HOLE. Currently I'm retooling that area. Making the hole deeper then a bunch of gravel will be going in. I'm hoping to create a type of air well effect and channel any h20 to an even deeper hole yet to be dug.
Jesse Biggs wrote:Today I tried my hand at cutting the bottoms off of mason jars in an effort to create homemade cloches
When I was a chef, we sometimes relaxed with sharp, hot, dangerous activities
Our maitre'd used to 'sabre' champaign bottles, but that's a bit ridiculous.
I mean, what if you smash it and all the champaign....
So I don't know about taking the tops off wine bottles, but in the bad old days, I was pretty good at taking the bottoms off.
The 'chef on a quiet night' way:
Take a bottle, jar or whatever.
A) Pour boiling water into the glass vessel-only 1/2 inch or so.
B) Make the kitchenhand do something else and take over the sink. Add an inch or so of cold water
Dunk A) into B) by about 1/2 inch
Drop a heavy knife-sharpening steel down the neck/from the top into the sink
The bottom glass bottom should drop out cleanly.
Location: 40N 112W On the Edge Between the High Steppe and High Desert
Thanks Betty. The drawings were mostly done in Adobe Illustrator. I used some hand sketches scanned in and sketchup to get proportions close to accurate, but mixed them all together in Illustrator.
To date I only have one "coop". It was built almost 100% from extra materials I had laying around. Well that's an exaggeration. I had purchased some metal roofing with the intent of doing some kind of covered paddock pavilions and was pleased to find a source at $0.50 per sq ft. The rest is pallets, scrap wood, old hardware, and left over fence stain so I get less flack from the HOA (fingers crossed).
Basically, I have a metal roof at a 45 degree angle so the chickens can't sit on it, with an even higher flat roof over the whole. The nesting boxes are under the shed roof, and the roosts are up high under the flat roof. I'm sure that's confusing. It's 2 pieces... high flat roof with no walls only posts and roosts underneath... tucked under that and facing the roosts, angled roof with nesting boxes underneath. Hope that helps.
Yesterday a good friend found a young injured sage grouse in his yard. We decided to put it in one of my unused paddocks to see if some protection and water would be enough for it to get back up to speed.
While we were getting things set up, a morning dove that's been hanging around decided to show our little buddy how to use the watering dish.
Time to feed our natural yeast start. It's a special treat for the hens when there's extra. They clean the bowl with extreme prejudice then turn it into the best eggs around. Systems feeding systems feeding systems!