One of us at Seven Trees is going to have major surgery in August with about a 2 month recovery time. That means we’ll be hammering on a few projects to make sure we’re ready to cope with the drastic labor-force reduction. Now that the garden is mostly in (and we just laid soaker hoses in all beds to speed watering) and the perimeter fence is done, we’re concentrating on running electric fencing to delineate all the grazing paddocks. We should be able to rotate them through all 5 with plenty of time to let the grass regrow and disrupt the parasite cycles. We sold our main laying flock in preparation for the younger batch to start laying anytime. They get to free range where ever the cattle go, and that helps keep the bugs down too.
The next project will be building an 8 x 16 lean-to type shelter on the south side of the barn. This will give us 2 stalls that can open into grazing paddocks, separate from each other and/or the barn & barnyard. This is where our new bull will live, and also be a holding pen for anyone who might need to be kept apart. We’re designing it with our upcoming hurricane season in mind. Since it’s on the side where the worst storms come from, it needs to withstand extreme wind and rain. We’re also hoping to run a buried powerline along the driveway, with outlets at the chicken coop, outlet & light in the barn, and a light at the end of the drive for safety (and security).
If the stars all align properly, one last project this summer will be painting the house. It’s been on the list forever, and really needs it, but painting weather and free time don’t always end up in the same universe.