The root cellar needed more dirt pushed up on the outer walls. This will give it some more insulation and help to keep the inside at a more moderate temperature. Sonny called Robert to see if he could bring over his backhoe and do the job for us. He came over Friday and in a blink of an eye he had his backhoe unloaded and went to work on building a bank of dirt on three sides of the cellar. His teenaged son came along to get some OJT from his dad. While he was observing his fathers skill at maneuvering the backhoe he asked if we wanted any laying hens.
He has about forty chickens and wants to lighten his load a bit. He said we could have them for three dollars a piece. He would throw in a rooster too if we wanted one. We passed on the rooster and said we would take three hens off his hands. What the heck for nine dollars we get three hens to practice getting eggs from. Yesterday we came home from town and found a note on the door that said our new chickens were in the pen. They made themselves right at home in the coop and nice plump hens they are too. I think they will fit in nicely here at Pot Hole Farm. Especially when they blessed us three beautiful brown eggs this morning.
I guess we’re a real farm now that we have produce coming out of the garden and eggs coming out of the chickens. Who would have thunk it.
That sounds great! I remember when I was a kid, dad had this HUGE garden. Way bigger than the three of us needed. We also made a habit of visiting a certain pond south of town on the Commerce road – Sonny knows where that is. Between the garden and the pond, we had a lot o’ “home-grown” meals!
My uncle Red had chickens for a while, but if I’m reading the size of those eggs – damn! Take a picture of them with something next to them for reference. By the way, the color of the eggs is related to the color of the chicken’s feathers. I’m also guessing they have orange yolks, yes? Man, I bet those eggs are GREAT!
Yea, were really enjoying the garden and now canning food for this winter. I’m gong to like it better in January when I don’t have to run to the grocery store as often. It is what we have worked all these years to finally be able to do.
Robert has a blackhoe?? And I thought you needed Rosters in order to get eggs for hens. Now I am really confussed.
Come on now.. Robert is a good guy. He gets his truck and trailer to hauls that Kubota over on pretty short notice. There are a lot of really good people out here.
he he he I was just kidding around… But don’t ya need rosters to get hens to lay? I really think ya do.
Those hens should help keep the bugs down.