Posts Tagged ‘fence’

Happiness is Accomplished Tasks

Our new flock has arrived.  They will be 1 week old tomorrow.  We ordered 5 Buff Orpington pullets, 5 Silver-laced Wyandotte pullets and 5 mixed Golden-laced Polish.  We received 1 extra Buff Orpington and lost 1 of our Silver-laced chicks.  So we have 15 fats little chicks left.  They are fluff balls of adorableness!

We completed Halo’s new paddock and took the girls completely off the grass on March 19th.  Today we finished fencing in the front ¼ of an acre and let them out for the first time in almost a month.  Needless to say they were beyond excited.  If you have never attempted to lead two Thoroughbreds from dry lots across bountiful grass after they have been put up for almost a whole month…..well don’t!

The fan is up, the lighting is up, the manure bunker is complete (until we get further wood) AND we have some really wonderful looking raised beds for our garden filled with lovely compost.

I have learned something very important about myself during these past 10 months of hard work here the farm.  I would rather sweat and struggle and pick ticks off my worn out carcass every day working for myself than sit in my nice air-conditioned office working for the man!

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The Fence

We moved to the new property May 31st and it has been a whirlwind of work since then. I wanted to update you all and let you see the first of our endeavors in establishing our family farm—the all important fence. We researched fences extensively for safety, cost and aesthetics before choosing the HorseGuard Fence. This is an electric mesh tape that I think looks wonderful.

The Man who Knows Everything came down to help The Geek and myself, because we are VERY inexperienced when it comes to….well just about any DIY project. Luckily if you can build it, grow it or do it outside TMWKE can tell you how to do it right!

We had to dig some amazingly deep post holes by hand in dirt that very closely resembled concrete. The trick to this is a long metal rod that you insert after you get the hole started to loosen the dirt. Who knew?
Luckily we chose to use wood posts that needed be sunk by hand only on the corners. Each area has to be completely weedeated and trimmed of any brush or trees that could come into contact with the electric fence. As you can see this was a significant task in itself. Each and every one of the 120+ T-post not only had to be driven into the insanely hard ground, but carefully leveled at the same time.

The amount of work this required is very difficult to imagine if you have never done it. I must also mention the place was swarming in ticks (which TMWKE is allergic to) and 90+ degrees. Honestly though, looking at the final results makes it all worthwhile.