Friday, May 31, 2013

The Kure Coop

May 11, 2012: 27 baby chicks arrive in a box on our doorstep.  There were 26 hens and 1 rooster.  There are several different breeds: Barred Rock, Rhode Island Reds, Buff Orphington, even 2 Golden Polish, and more. 

A year later I am happy to report that all 27 chickens remain alive and well.  We get around 18 eggs per day from the hens and around the clock protection...and sounds...from the rooster, who we've named Big Ben.

But where to put them???

I know you're sitting there wondering how we've managed to have 100% survival rate over a year later.  It is worth wondering and I will show you how our version of Fort Knox...the Kure so strong. 

*Editors note: Kure in Romanian means 'Chicken'.  This is Amy's attempt, and it is noted, to get in touch with her married family's heritage.  :) *

Tour the coop in this visual tour!

Where they play

Where they eat/sleep/lay eggs
Where they sleep at night (rods for closets!)

Where they lay their delicious golden eggs...golden yolks that is....

These gals are demonstrating how the interior coop and exterior pen connect


Exterior shot from the back.  An expansion was completed May 31, 2013.

Complete with door for letting them roam a bit.

What?? How did I dig those 4x4x8's in?  With my auger of course.  :)

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Freshly Shorn Alpacas

Any want to buy unique, luxurious, elegant, and just plain soft alpaca fiber?  Sure, it needs to cleaned and washed before it could be spun, but this stuff is worth the trouble!

I can't believe I haven't posted since July.  Life is so busy and hectic it's obviously to much to keep up.  When I started this blog in 2011 it was a coping mechanism as well as a neat historical archive for our family to have.  I am proud to say that I have finally accepted living out here and enjoy the labor of love it requires to operate the Lancaster's Edge.

I will try my utmost to continue posting.  There is a lot going on, but the most interesting upcoming news is the soon-to-be births of our nubian goat kids.  Our two ladies, Peppermint and Rose have been pregnant since January 14 and could start birthing around June 9.  Stay tuned, we are exicted to meet the kids!

More to come soon, thanks for sticking with me!

Buzz looks goofy without all his fiber

The fluffy blanket from Buzz