• 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…

  • 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…

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    Chicken Coop Diplomacy

    We decided last Wednesday to introduce the new Orpingtons (the Churchills) to the Sussexes( the Windsors.) Having never done this before I can say, with my limited experience, that everything seems to be going alright for the most part. However, changing coop dynamics are always fascinating to watch. I have always suspected that Wallis Simpson was the dominate personality in the pecking order. The events of the past few days have proven this to be true. She is doing everything to make herself look big, important, and impressive. In the words of the Fella, “I didn’t know she could make herself so….poofy.” She is suspicious of the new addition and…