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{finishing touches for brooder}

03.21.11

For the majority of the winter, the high priority project has been the new chicken brooder.  We prepared the ground, poured the concrete, built and framed the walls, roofed, and gathered the various items needed for the chicks (brooder lights, sawdust, feed, etc.).  Now we are finally at the finishing stages!  Our first batch of chicks arrives tomorrow morning!!  It is official- the ‘busy season’ has begun!

I put ‘busy season’ in quotes because there isn’t an actual end or start to a busier or not so busy season.  I think why we call it the busy season is because everything in nature is ‘busy’ in the spring and summer; therefore there are balls in the air at once- animals, garden, preserving the bounty of the garden and orchard, farm tours, farmers’ market…  Nature then starts to calm down and rest in fall and winter.

This winter, with purchasing the sheep and cattle, we really haven’t had a ‘slow season’ by any stretch of the imagination.  It honestly has been a very trying and tiring time; and I believe that is one of the main reasons I am truly so excited for these baby chicks to arrive tomorrow.

It symbolizes freshness, rejuvenation, growth, anticipation, and mainly, change.  A change in seasons.  A change in state of mind and attitude.  How can one not respond to the joyful tug on your heart as you watch daffodils stretch to the sun, birds chirping a new morning song, and the change in the early spring air?

With anticipation for all that comes with the bustle of the change in seasons, I have been doing my best to get the business end of the farm more and more organized and efficient.  I so desire to  spend my time outside working with everyone on the various projects, tending the garden, and then being able to preserve and create wonderful masterpieces in the kitchen with the bounty that will be here so soon; instead of doing the daily hours of desk work that I could train someone else to do. The time I’m spending now on those things so that the ‘changing of the guard’ can happen, is well worth it.

So, today we are hustling around getting the last finishing touches done on the brooder for the first batch of those cute little fuzz balls.  And once the first batch arrives, you blink and the next batch is already here; making the work we are doing today that much more important.

Digging a ditch for the electrical wires.

There are many inspectors to keep us on our toes and make sure we are doing it correctly.

The next photos of the brooder will have the cute little chicks in it :)

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Roberta Donaldson permalink
    03.22.11 1:28 AM

    What a building. All of your hard work has paid off. The new chicks will have a great new home.

  2. Atsuko permalink
    03.25.11 1:21 PM

    It is so amazing to see your new building! I was wrong that farmers are not as busy as summer and fall, but they are busy from preparing for the new season. Also, you are caring for livestocks. It was great to know and see for me what farmers do during the winter and spring seasons:) By the way, I love you used a word – hustling. As soon as I saw it, one song came accross my mind. I am looking forward to reading your new post!

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