Category Archives: Farm Structures

Fence line clearing and building

The north property line fence was finished this February. We had very mild weather this winter so I cleared a lot of blackberries and Lee took down a lot of wild hazelnut trees. Sidney got overdosed on cartoons one night … Continue reading

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Rotten fence post

This past spring we noticed the fence post that our gate hung on was loose. By summer the whole post would swing wildly back and forth as we opened and closed the gate. We installed this fence five years ago … Continue reading

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Concrete slab

Lee prepped a new site for a concrete slab. Our old well pressure tank is leaning like the old mailbox. Each year it gets a little worse and Lee dreads another winter. It’s also completely exposed to the elements. This … Continue reading

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Craftsman garden shed

The garden shed is finally finished! Almost. We finished building the last shelving unit in it this past week. It’s too cold and rainy to paint, so the corbels will have to wait until next year to be painted dark … Continue reading

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Gothic chicken water tank stand

Filling chicken founts up everyday and sloshing water down your leg is a total drag! We love the automatic chicken waterer that we set up in our garden chicken pen so it was time to outfit the new hen pen … Continue reading

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Reconfigurable range shelter

In May we built a reconfigurable chicken house to hold our new flock of chicks. Since we planned to build a moving rig for it, we located this mini-coop near our back porch for convenience. (Bad idea.) Unfortunately, the summer … Continue reading

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Reconfigurable chicken housing

We discovered that brooding chicks in your house is risky business. Specifically, each night they were at risk of being thrown one by one out the window. My patience of having them in the house was fading fast. The little … Continue reading

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Painting before the rain starts

So when Lee built me my awesome automatic chicken waterer I knew that I was going to need to paint it. Being me though, I had to find some reason to procrastinate getting out the paint because that always involves … Continue reading

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Porcine upgrades: Day 4

I think Gene Logsdon once wrote that farmers build barns for themselves, not their animals. There are several bad reasons for this: Keeping up with the Joneses – If it works for car sales, it works for barns. False economy … Continue reading

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Building an automatic chicken waterer

Before we left on our recent road trip, we wanted to have a system in place to water the chickens so the neighbor who would be collecting the eggs wouldn’t have to deal with our problematic hanging waterers. I’d been … Continue reading

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