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    It’s Been One Week: Bawkingham Palace Build

    On Tuesday morning, a pile of chicken tractor pieces arrived at our house. It was mostly the pieces that we just couldn’t fit in the Fit. I love my car, but it has limitations. It is limited to 8 foot sections of lumber and 10 foot pieces of pvc pipe. Anything bigger than that: 2x4x10s, 2x4x12s, sheet goods, we have to have delivered or get a truck. We were planning to rent a truck and pick up all our supplies on June 26th. And then Covid-19 spiked in Houston. After a week of the numbers getting worse and the baby pullets getting bigger, we decided our best bet was to…

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    Fat Bottom Hens Make the Bawking World Go Round

    As I became a hen fancier, I discovered that most of my favorite breeds had certain qualities in common. Calm, personable, even temperament certainly, but more specifically I came to discover that I prefer hens that are fluffy and British. The sort of chickens that are reminiscent of Dame Judi Dench in Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown or Julie Walters as Molly Weasley. With six girls, whom hatchery catalogs and poultry books dub “heavy,” Fowlsom Prison has proven potentially inadequate. The yard will be enough, but the coop and roost spaces are limited. When we built Fowlsom Prison there were no Orpingtons to speak of yet; they weren’t even being considered.…

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    Seed Starting Success Stories (Finally)

    I started taking records of my garden this year on a spreadsheet. It allows me to keep track of what kinds of plants, how many, production/yield. It also allows me to take notes about what grows and what doesn’t. Of the tomatoes I started in mid May, which was many, I only have a handful remaining and that is a generous estimation. I knew there had to be user error, since since SO MANY of my plants were dying to damping off. Damping off is this obnoxious illness where you will see your tiny little sprouts, they will be trucking along, and then…droop. The droop turns to shrivel and poof;…