• LeyShaw Homestead

    Chicken Politics: What I Learned from the Flock Merger

    If you’ve been following the growth and development of the Churchills this past summer, you’ll know that this was the first time I brooded chicks. This was also the first time I tried combine two existing flocks. The Windsors (our Speckled Sussex trio) are an extremely close knit little family unit. Likewise the Churchills (the Orpingtons) are equally bonded to one another. Despite being no expert in the finer workings of chicken politics, I feel like I was successful enough in the endeavor to share what I learned. Step 1: Consider your existing flock make-up and what sort of coop-mates would be best for them. Find breeds that are most…

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    Mission Accomplished: “Stress Free” Chicken Tractor

    At 7:45 PM, Saturday night, we finished moving the last chicken into the Cursed Chicken Tractor. They were not impressed, they had been snuggled into the coop at Fowlsom Prison and did not want to be moved. I’m really pleased with the overall turn out of the not so “Stress Free” John Susucovich Chicken Tractor. I really feel like it would have been truly stress free, if we had been working under different circumstances. Like, if we had a bigger garage so that we could work in spite of nasty weather. Like if we had been able to pick out our own lumber and hadn’t been dependent on the hardware…

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    The Cursed Chicken Tractor: So Close…

    We made progress with the chicken tractor this weekend. After sweeping thick mud from Tropical Storm Beta off the sides, we got to work. I finished painting the door frame and spray painted a new addition to the project: The Chick Lift. I saw this first on the Sow the Land YouTube Channel, but didn’t know what it was called. Then GoldShaw Farm did a review. Everett and I looked at each other and said, “where do we buy it?!” We have decided that if this thing works as well as it looks like it does, it will be folded into each future chicken tractor project. Yes, I spray painted…