Long Overdue Update

Long Overdue Update

We had a really crazy spring here at the homestead. The weather was very mild as we planted seeds in starter trays, watched the new chicks grow and got a new colony of bees ordered. We had been talking about adding another raised garden bed out back, and were starting to draw up some plans when we got wind of a new community garden space opening just down the street. After visiting and getting some info, we learned that we could get a 10’x20′ tilled plot with water for $35/yr! We decided to give it a shot and get to know our local gardening community.

 

We got everything planted, and off to a great start! And then……

 

…A freak hailstorm rolled in, demolishing all of the sweet seedlings in the garden, breaking windows on the front of the house and causing roof damage. We had to regroup and purchase new plants, meet with the roofing contractor and get the garden back on track. IMG_20170513_120425

About a week after we got everything replanted, we had one last snow storm, but got all of the plants covered just in time!

 

Since we have this huge community space, we decided to plant a couple varieties of potatos in the raised bed and the hay bale bed at the house. We are really looking forward to this harvest 🙂

In May we introduced the young white plymouth rocks into the big coop…and soon discovered we had a roo!

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One of the downsides to living in an urban area is that we are not allowed to keep roosters. We found a lovely retired couple in a rural area that keep a small flock of free range birds, and having just lost their rooster, were very excited to add our sweet boy to their flock.

We added some window boxes on the fence out front, and our various wildflowers are starting to burst with color. The bees have been hard a work, and we seem to be on track for a good honey harvest this year.

 

The roof on the house has been replaced, and the windows are fixed. Everything seems to be growing strong, and we’ve already been enjoying fresh greens and a few peppers from the garden. Now that everything seems to be back on track, we’ll be better about sharing updates!

18815417_10155261284933190_7922172169154941349_oThe littlest member of our rescue pack, “Abbey”, wishes you all a relaxing and safe holiday weekend!

Spring Is Here, Must Be Time For New Chicks!

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This has been one of the weirdest winters in Colorado that I remember. It snowed twice this winter, well, almost two and a half times including last weeks “storm” that lead to cold rain and no flakes here at the homestead (we were due for 7″ of snow).

As I was tending to the some yard work today after breakfast with the family, K was out running errands that included picking up chicken feed for our three Barred Plymouth Rock hens that have been featured before. As some of you may realize, spring is also baby chick season at feeds stores. I received a phone call from K just as I had wrapped up cleaning out the chicken coop and run. She had stumbled upon some great looking white Plymouth Rock chicks and decided we were getting three of them. Now in all fairness, I am never upset to see more animals living with us, and when I designed and built our new coop last year I had purposely decided to build it big enough that it could comfortably house at least six hens total in the future. We had discussed adding more birds this year, but figured since we have a hard time using the eggs we already get every week that it was not necessary, but come on, who says no to more chickens?

I had saved a bunch of material from the coop build so had lots of scrape wood around and a few tools to build a brooder on the quick. About 15 minutes later, we had our new brooder built and ready just as K was pulling back into the driveway. Perfect timing and zero added cost to replace the brooder. We had used one two years ago on the Barred chicks that I made out of an old plastic tub. At some point over the last two years it had fallen off of a shelf in the garage and was cracked so we needed a new one anyway.

It was a lot of fun to throw this together and prep our spare bedroom to house chicks again. When we set out on this adventure to create our urban tiny homestead we always knew that this would be a part of the process. We already had three healthy, great and frequent layers, but I have little doubt that we won’t have a hard time spreading around the extra eggs to friends, family and neighbors. We are really excited to be able to add to our flock and to get to enjoy the peeps, the smells, and the stress of watching three little girls grow out into feathered pullets as we anxiously await the first eggs from these new girls.

I am going to try and be a bit more active on keeping people up to date on our progress and goings on, stay tuned for a few new projects and other things we have been working on this past winter. As always, any questions, comments or other ramblings are always welcome. Feel free to reach out to us, we love hearing from other people that share our interests.

A&K, AK Urban Homestead