Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Backyard Projects

We decided to use some items we had to fence in the chickens. Not the prettiest but free. We may put up something more permanent if we like this set up. Having them corralled is so nice. No poopies all over the patio. They seem content and they have plenty of room.




See this mess? Imagine it covering half my yard. We trimmed two big trees a couple of weeks ago. We were  so beat but we figure we saved hundreds of dollars doing the work ourselves. This is the last pile. Each week I tie up bundles to be picked up. I just chipped away at it several days a week. Plus think of all the exercise I got.


I mowed the back lawn today and hosed everything down and cleaned up toys. We are expecting rain so tomorrow I will work all day in the house. I love rainy days. See that bent part in the chicken wire? The first day I found my big dog, my ten year old dog, in the pen with the chickens. She jumped that fence and then jumped right back out when I yelled at her. She just wanted to check things out. She pays the chickens no mind so I am thankful for that.


The oranges are ripening and we still have flowers blooming. Our season is long here. Soon we will be making O.J. in the mornings.



16 comments:

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Your chickens are so cute and look very happy! I love their adorable coop.

So jealous of your oranges! They'd never make it here in MO :(

Farm Road Ramblings said...

I think that's a perfect spot for your chickens! We had to throw up a similar fence to keep our dog out of the garden. Not pretty, but it worked.

Barbara F. said...

I bought a big old bag of oranges from Trader Joe's and want to make fresh juice. I know these oranges would not compare to yours! It must be wonderful to live in your climate. xo

Kris said...

Perfect solution for the girls.
Love the pics!!!
Hugs,
Kris

Diana Schmied said...

Looks just like our fence across the back yard for the chickens -- except I need to figure out a way to add some more height to it, because several keep flying/jumping out. I did some wing clipping, but that doesn't seem to slow two of them down one bit!

I, too, got really tired of the mess in the back yard, to the point I was considering closing down the whole operation -- fencing them off has been a good solution and I now love my chickies again.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Hi Elaine!
Nice little chicken run you have there. I can totally agree with you about the poopies...:) Hate it. But! after having to buy eggs right before Thanksgiving and having STICKER SHOCK. It is something I'm willing to work around. You know?
Loved this post...we are doing some of the same things to save money--cutting our own wood, keeping chickens for eggs,etc.
I envy you the ORANGES YOU'VE GROWN! GO ELAINE! :)

...PS...I linked your blog today. but couldn't find the old post...so if you know the one from summer before last (I think) I can change the link. Otherwise-- i just linked your WHOLE BLOG! You have tons of good ideas when it comes to saving.

--Pat

Ms. Redo said...

It's hard for me to imagine you getting oranges off trees at this time of year! Today was bone-chilling and I stayed bundled up. Glad you've got your chicks corraled in a nice area, I know that helps a lot. Always love a visit to your house. Mary

Leslie said...

The chickens look happy to me too!!!!!! Your yard looks great. I just can't believe how pretty and sunny it is there.

20 North Ora said...

Your chickens look very happy and contented - oops, no, that's cows that are contented, isn't it? I can't believe your dog jumped over that. He should be in the Olympics.

Judy

Cozy Little House said...

I wish I was there! I would love a longer blooming season and no cold!
Brenda

NanaDiana said...

Love your chickies I suppose you will be decorating the roost for the Holidays?;>) xoo Diana

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Wow, your orange trees are loaded down! Lucky!!!

nancy said...

We added a fenced section to our veggie garden area for our hens, right off the coop and it works great! We used yard stakes and 4' high "pig fencing", lined with chicken wire. Nice and sturdy, as we get a lot of wind here. Pics on my blog if you're interested. You could always move your brick border out farther too, if it's moveable...

Melanie said...

Oranges on the trees and still having to mow...I can only dream! I think I need to live in a warmer climate. :-)

Linda W. said...

Your chickens look like very happy chickens. Love that you have an orange tree! Fresh oranges - yum!

Cindy said...

Since you have warmer days than us in the midwest, I was wondering if your chickens continue to lay in the winter. We don't light our chicken house, so we don't get eggs this time of year.
I am jealous of your orange trees too. I love fresh orange juice:)

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