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That’s right! We made it an entire year! Sadly, we are missing our sweet Rosie girl (one of our original hens), but we have grown so much. We now have chickens, bunnies, a worm farm, a green house and a tons of plants with more plans in the works! We even have an Etsy shop to display our farm worthy designs.
To celebrate our first anniversary, we are going to give away one of our custom designed 10″ galvanized pail on Thursday, April 17! Stop by our Facebook page to join in on the fun!
Our back yard is really dark at night, so we usually take a flashlight out with us to tuck the chickens in to bed each evening. That gets to be a pain in the you-know-what, so I’ve been searching for something a little more permanent without having to run electricity.
I happened to be at a dollar store the other day looking for deals on seedling planters (which I got a sweet deal on by the way, but that will be another post), and happened across these really cute little lanterns.
They were made to hold a tea light candle though, so they weren’t quite right.
I didn’t figure they would last long in my yard, but I did have an idea! So, I purchased two lanterns at $5 a piece and 2 solar lights at a whopping .94 cents each.
Once I got them home, I decided that the black color of the lanterns was a bit boring, so I gave them a quick spray of off-white spray paint that I had setting around in my shed. Then I hit the raised parts with some sand paper to give them a little character.
Since the lights were so cheap, they weren’t put together very well (which was a good thing in this case), so it was easy to separate the lights from the stakes.
I didn’t need the stakes for this project, but saved them for something else. I’m sure I’ll find a use for them at some point!
Next, I took the tea light out of the bottom of the lantern. The bottom simply screwed on and off, so it was easy to remove. That left a hole big enough to fit the light through.
The next part was a bit tricky. I put the solar light inside the lantern and glued the end to the bottom. My hot glue gun went kapoot when I plugged it in (why does it always happen when you need it?) and it was 10:00 at night, so I had to use Gorilla glue instead. If you have a normal glue gun that likes to actually melt the glue, this step will be much easier.
I had to use a bottle to prop the light on to allow the glue to dry.
I didn’t get a picture of the next step, but I let the glue set on both the cap and the end of the solar light and then attached the cap to the end of the light and let dry.
Once the glue was dry, I screwed the bottom (now attached to the solar light) back onto the lantern, attached the hanging wire, and viola! I have two custom solar lanterns to light the chicken’s yard.
Not bad for $6 and about an hours worth of work, hu?
Finally! We are having nice days here and there and this weekend was absolutely beautiful. We ended up spending the entire weekend outside and I got to mark a project off of my ‘To-Do’ list.
I have had an old vacuum canister for probably a year now. I knew that I would be able to upcycle it into something, so I held on to it. I noticed last fall that we really needed a small trash can for our front porch. We spend most of our time out there in the warmer months and trash inevitably gets left behind. Of course, a plastic trash can would blow right away with our Southeast Colorado wind, but a metal trash can would stay in place. Sooooo….guess what I used?
Yep. I used the metal vacuum canister. I forgot to get a picture of mine before I painted it, but it looked very similar to the one above pre-paint.
Now, it obviously had that ‘vintage’ feel that I normally love, but that theme just doesn’t fit with my front porch decor so I went a different route.
I am really into country chic right now, so I decided to add a little farmer flair to the porch. Since I’m also loving small pops of red lately as well, I decided to go with a deep red base on my project. I gave it a couple of coats of spray primer then I shot the inside with black and followed that up with two coats of a deep red.
I gave the can a couple of hours to dry thoroughly and, while it was cute the way it was, I needed to add more.
So, I went to my handy-dandy vinyl plotter and made a cute decal. I love vinyl decals. They are such an easy and inexpensive way to gussy something up and give it a custom and one-0f-a-kind look. This is what I came up with…
I think it turned out really cute and it adds a bit of whimsy to my front porch (and keeps things much cleaner!).
One project down 599 to go!
P.S. Have the perfect spot for this decal? You can order it in my Etsy store!
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
I am so thankful where my life has taken me this past year. I am thankful for my two amazing boys. I am thankful for my almost perfect husband. I’m thankful for my family. I’m thankful to have a job that allows me to stay home with my family. I’m thankful that my small town allows chickens! I’m thankful that I own a home on a large lot of land that I am able to play on. And I am thankful for YOU!
We finally have a chance of snow this week. Since this will be my first winter having the girls, I’m afraid of them getting bored and pecking each other when it’s too cold to be out and about. I’ve been seeing these DIY Flock Block style chicken block recipes floating around the internet. Most of these recipes make a block that you hang. The theory is that it gives the chickens something to do so that they don’t get bored and hurt on each other.
Unfortunately, my coop is a little small to hang a large block and there is really no way to hang anything from the ceiling. My solution? Make my own DIY flock block type homemade chicken treats; only make them smaller sized balls rather than large blocks. This way the girls can chase them around their coop or outside when the snow melts.
I created my homemade chicken treats using own recipe using other recipes I’ve seen as inspiration. I used what I had on hand though. As a matter-of-fact, I didn’t put this ingredient in the recipe, but I did have about a tablespoon or so of homemade raspberry jam that I added in. The girls absolutely love raspberries! So if you don’t have exactly what is on the ingredient list when trying these DIY flock block styling treats, just adding what you have and what you know your chickens like.
Featherbee Farm’s Bore No More Balls
Homemade Chicken Treats
2 cups organic chicken crumble
2 cups organic chicken scratch
1 cup steel cut oats
1 cup steel cut oats-cooked in 1 cup water
2 TBS. chia seeds
2 TBS. wheat germ
¼ cup sunflower seeds
2 egg shells (crushed)
1 apple (finely diced)
2 TBS. apple cider vinegar (with mother)
2 TBS. Molasses
1 TBS. oil (to grease pan with)
Heat oven to 425 degree.
Grease a large pan with oil.
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
Grab a large handful of the ingredients and pack tightly to create a ball. Place on pan.
Bake for 30 minutes or until they look dry.
Watch your chickens go from bored…
To bored no more!
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Happy Halloween Ya’ll! And if you don’t celebrate Halloween…Happy Thursday!