Wednesday, June 1, 2011
(Sorry no pics yet of the new coop. I must go remedy that right away!)
I have a new chicken coop, a new variation on the Hubbell Bubble theme. This one still has the anti-mongoose skirting, and the roof over the entire yard for both hawk and rain protection. But we utilized building materials we already had lying about the place, so it's got beefier wood and the roof is of scrap pieces of tin, with a small vent space at the peak. Another difference is that we ran the chicken wire horizontally around the entire pen, rather than covering each individual panel vertically as in the original Bubble plan. This made stapling it on much easier, in two tiers with the bottom of the lower tier becoming the skirting. Right now we have young chicks in there, my new flock. They won't start laying until the end of summer, most likely.
We've been planting a lot more cassava (yuca or manioc as it's called in other parts of the world), moringa, and sweet potato. Also sugarcane, taro/kalo, and kabocha squash. Still need to divide and replant the bananas. All these are tropical food crops for ourselves and our animals. Our goal is to not have to buy animal feed for the pigs and chickens, to be able to grow a balanced feed here, and to encourage others to do the same.
(... and once again, I can't get that one picture centered. The perfectionist in me shudders to see it out of place, lol. Oh well.)