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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Chicken House Relocation (Phase One!)

We got serious about getting our chicken houses moved this weekend. We want to get them moved by Spring because they are really close to our back door and...well, in my opinion, chickens do not provide a very pleasant fragrance to step out into every morning. And the flies! We had decided on a location to move them to but there was an old crumbling (but rather large!) hog shed in that spot. We started taking it down a couple weeks ago, but then got sidetracked on other projects, so this weekend we got back to it. When I say "we" I really mean Farmer D, our Bro-in-law, and our Buddy M. I mostly took pictures, made coffee and food, and hoped there were no more trips to the ER in our future. (Remember all the trouble the guys had back on the leaky roof? After a late night trip to the ER, it turned out Bro-in-law broke a rib!)

Here's what we started with.

It soon looked like this


 And then, success!


 I'm not sure what they were saying to each other here, but I'm guessing it was either "Look at that, we are awesome MEN!" or "Now we have to clean all this !#@* up!"


Now we get the area all cleared and cleaned up then we can move onto the actual trying to move the houses. I definitely am concerned that when we try to pull them they will fall to pieces and then I'm not quite sure what we would do with the chickens until we built new ones, but we'll just have to see how it goes!

When they got done with demolition for the day I had some warm Apple Crisp ready for them. It's a favorite dessert of these guy's, and I think it may be the real reason they showed up today, so I thought I would share the recipe in case you have some friends you need to bribe to help on your farm too. ;)

Apple Crisp
About 10 apples (peeled, cored, and sliced)
1 3/4 Cups sugar
1 T cinnamon
1 Cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
6 T butter
Heat oven to 350. Put the apples in a 13x9 baking dish, cover with 3/4 cup sugar and the cinnamon. Mix together flour, baking powder, salt, and 1 cup sugar. In a different bowl, beat the egg until light, then mix it into the flour mixture until it gets crumbly.Sprinkle over apples. Melt the butter and drizzle over the top. Bake 45 minutes, until the top is lightly browned.

I hope you have a great week!

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14 comments:

  1. Yes, boys sure can be good at destroying stuff, can't they? But the cleanup...now THAT is another matter ;)!

    We moved our chicken house last spring; dragged it down our gravel road one mile to the house we'd just bought. What a nightmare, let me tell you! Hopefully you don't have to move yours too far ;)

    Visiting from the Homestead Barn Hop :)

    Erin
    http://yellowbirchhobbyfarm.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Erin! We don't have to move ours as far as you did, I bet that was interesting! Did it get there in one piece? Ours is old and I'm afraid it will fall apart half way there! Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

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  2. The apple crisp sounds great ! This was fun to read ( since of course I was not there having to do any of that work! :)

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  3. Hi Deb! I definitely recommend trying out that apple crisp (maybe with a little vanilla ice cream!) Thank you so much for the nice comment!

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  4. Wow! They made lots of progress! Thanks for the recipe. -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  5. They worked hard! We're stalled again for a few days now with snow, single digit temps and wind chills well below zero! But there's also plenty to work on inside!

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  6. Ha that's funny that you intentionally made your red buidling fall down! I have just about the same picture from when our old chicken house fell down in a windstorm a few years ago but there were no men on the roof making that happen! The picture of the men on the roof over at the Chicken Chick is what caught my eye! They were standing on such a rickety building!

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  7. Hi! It did look like a windstorm hit now that you mention it! I'll be glad when they get all the work done that involves standing on roofs, it never looks safe to me! Thanks for visiting!

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