• LeyShaw Homestead

    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…

  • Effective Adulting

    Better Living Through Adulting Part 2-Work Flow and Communication

    As I said in a previous post, we have quite a few projects coming down the pike at the Modage/Leyshaw Homestead. This does not include the continuing saga of the Cursed Chicken Tractor. WHICH is getting so close to completion. (I’m RIDICULOUSLY excited about this.) We’ve actually made more progress than my most recent pictures show; I just forgot to take more this weekend. Oops! Teaching has eaten my brain. You’re lucky to be getting this blog post. A problem we kept running into is that I’m kind of the project manager and the steps we take are in my noggin; that’s how my brain works. I’m a hyper planner…

  • LeyShaw Homestead

    What the Cursed Chicken Tractor Has Taught Me

    It is September and the JSCT (John Suschovich Chicken Tractor) still isn’t finished. To recap: the supplies were dropped off on July 6th; the Tuesday after I took my ELAR 7-12 grade exam. We really got it kicked off that weekend. We started off strong. Then Mother Nature decided she hates Houston, and we were struck with waves of heat advisories, torrential downpours, and the Fella threw out his back. The No Stress Tractor has been pretty stressful. It’s not the tractor’s fault and when I need another chicken tractor, I will likely build another JSCT. We HAVE made progress, but it has been incremental. Which brings me to my…