Tastules and niblets

This weekend I got to be outside and play with the chickens! The top two photos are our two-step composting operation: stuff goes in the barrel and we dump mostly-rotted bits in the pile for chickens to pick over and turn. Yesterday I organized the “plant steps” outside their run, and today I built the outside run for free ninety-nine. They’re already pastured in two other areas, but these plants could use the aeration and fertilizer, so I got to it. Last picture is of a bold, bossy old lady who does a lot of fighting and not much laying. I like her, but as soon as Phia’s in day camp again, we’re having a cull.

I built this today out of reclaimed materials. It’s penning in the new forage area for the ladies, but it’s easily dis- and re-assembled.

I built this today out of reclaimed materials. It’s penning in the new forage area for the ladies, but it’s easily dis- and re-assembled.

This is how we compost: dump it in a barrel, let it get gross and infested with black soldier fly larvae, turn it out in a pile and let the dinosaurs pick it over, and grow nice things with it.

Chicken-related posts coming up!

Chicken-related posts coming up!

moonflowerlights:

If you’re having a bad day, just remember that the Raptor sounds from Jurassic Park were actually a recording of turtles having sex

I’m having a good day, but this made it better.

mamamusement:

thekidshouldseethis:

Mr Rogers: How Crayons Are Made.

One of my fave memories of childhood TV watching.

This is the genesis of my “how it’s made” obsession. There is nothing better than watching this clip and remembering. It’s a defining moment from my childhood. (Can you tell I’m a Virgo?)

Free range chickens? Yes please!

Free range chickens? Yes please!

Phia on marriage

Kid marriage: how do you think that would go? Terrible.

I heard this piece while on a long road trip with the family, and it’s worth listening to. A friend of mine shared it on Facebook yesterday, and there were some garbage comments from someone who obviously didn’t listen to it. One thing he said that stuck with me, though, was along the lines of “if anyone ever did that to my kids blah blah kill them so they can’t hurt anyone blah blah.” So, of course I had to out myself as a CSA survivor and explain why pre-offender programs are different from “liberal bleeding heart nonsense”. It was really hard trying to explain my empathetic stance without sounding like a poster child for Stockholm Syndrome, but I haven’t seen any more overly simplistic, knee-jerk comments.