Monday, 22 September 2014

Final build of the summer

The Harem
Extended rabbit hutches
Summer is coming to an end and this is the final end to the works on the farm. Our Rabbits hutch has been at maximum capacity for a while and problems have been racking up as the small rabbits become teenagers. 


Egg laying Boxes
New Gates
Zolibacsi, our amazing friend and designer  came to our rescue. He made "The Harem" a female colony where we can have lots (12+) lady rabbits who will live without fighting  and caged in the base of the existing hutch so  for our bucks. This will enable our rabbits to grow bigger before butchering. We've also got two side cages which currently have a mother chicken and her younglings and the other has our 13 teenage egg laying chickens (which only 3 seem to be hens). Zoli also gave us two A boxes for chickens to lay in and added some roosting perches. He also brought some iron gratings which works excellent as a new gate.






Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Mower update


It seems destined that we must always have a mower needing repairs. We've recently had the scissor mower's drive gears fixed and will be finding a place to get the blades sharpened. A non-trivial task after 14 years use and one needing the touch of a professional.

The sit-down mower's battery has finally bitten the dust. One of the electrodes has corrosion damage from an acid leak and has now sheared off. We now start the search for a shop where we can be a suitable battery.

The bio-mowers are doing a great job and have been complemented by an army of ducks :) Jimmy, the boy goat, has developed an elvis-esq quiff 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

It is finished


Who would have thought wanting to put up some shelves would be a project which would dominate our August. A two day job of building shelves from scratch has stretched out in to a 20 day marathon work which will only truly be finished next spring. The problems arose when Zolibacsi and Andy went to put the shelves in the utility room and the floor(left) prompt sunk under Andy's weight. It seems that the washing machine was leaking and the floor wasn't concreted in. The Tiles were just placed upon compressed sand. The water from the washing machine had soaked through the sand and meet a layer of clay, presumable from the previous building and this resulted in a build-up of water which eventually led to the floor collapsing. So the tiles were ripped up; Sand dug out; completely new overflow water system added with accompanying hole through 20cm of wall; sand replaced; concrete floor laid; Tiles placed and then shelves finally installed. During this time, we've also concreted in our external water supply so it will be more stable for winter. The big realisation is that this tiles on sand flooring system is throughout the whole house so we will have to plan, budget and relay all the floors in our house next spring. Hopefully this should stop the mouse influx which we have recently been suffering.  The new room looks wonderful and isn't done justice by the photo below and we have more storage space now then ever before.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Ruben

Its been about a week since Ruben left us after living with us for about a month. Ruben was in need of a place to stay in Hungary as his tourist visa has run out and he was still in the process of applying for a humanitarian pass. He was a friend of a friend of a friend of OACi.

Overall, he was a great motivation for us, he helped us build an extended electric fence area for the dogs and helped clear up our garden. He also house sat for us whilst we were on holiday and provided a memorable quote re goats.

"I let them out for a walk and Wonky sat down and started to give birth, so I called Laurie and said Help, this isn't in my skill set"

He also was fun, positive and a joy to be around. He suffered at the hands of Romanian paperwork but it never got him down and he saw the good in all situations. 






Monday, 11 August 2014

Giant haystacks

Hold your horses ITV wrestling fans. This isn't a post about Martin Raune  but a post about our latest buck breeding rabbit called Giant Haystacks. He is a MASSIVE dutch rabbit and in this photo fills Kimberley's lap. Hopefully, his descendants will share this attribute

Saturday, 9 August 2014

One step forward...

Today has gone differently from planned. The tree cutter didn't turn up and Andy was supposed to be fitting some shelves into the utility room. However, whilst putting up the shelves, Andy managed to put his foot through the floor. The washing machine is leaking and it now seems that our flooring is directly laid on the ground. The increase in moisture has lead to the floor moving.

Shelf installing cancelled and Monday will be spent laying a concrete floor

Bio Mowers

Loads is happening at the farm so there will be lots of posts in the next few days. The last addition to the farm is a pair of bio mowers aka sheep. We've bought a pair of  unrelated Black Racka Sheep (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racka) who hopefully will breed this autumn. Their immediate job is to eat all the wild grass and hopefully we will be adding 3 more lady sheep in September to the flock. We are planning to keep about 5 sheep and have the rest for meat.
The sheep are called She-epy and He-epy :)