• Dig Dig for Victory,  LeyShaw Homestead

    Two Weeks Gone: Bawkingham Palace Build

    Bawkingham Palace is proving to be probably one of the most overly-built John Suscovich Chicken Tractors in existence. I would hesitate to call this chicken tractor “stress free.” It has been reasonably “low stress,” but not “stress free.” We brought it on ourselves, or rather I brought it on us. I am, however not without my reasons; as outlined in the last post. All things considered, it looks really sharp. We had some issues with the back end, due to some twisted wood. That is a short coming of having materials delivered; you can’t pick through the stack to find the best pieces. Monday: This was kind of a bust.…

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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.…