Updating a WordPress Theme, Brace Yourself for a Challenge

Know What your Getting Into Before you Take the Plunge
Help with Editing & Formatting Published Posts

If you think it’s as easy as pushing a button, you’re probably going to be disappointed. Especially if you have years of posts. Even more so if you’ve applied formatting of any kind to your entries… Read Article on my other blog for information on how to edit posts for a smoother transition.

From the Farm

Meet Lucy, my 2 year old Australorpe hen. This breed is an asset to any flock, they are docile, friendly, and good egg layers. In the bright sun her shinny black feathers have a blue tint that is stunning.

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Working on Blog Update

After numerous issues, it was determined the TBN Ranch blog needed an updated theme to accommodate today’s technology. Seems easy enough right? No. Seven years of posts needed to be edited, and reformatted to some extent. Well let me tell you, this has been quite a chore to say the least! Please be patient with me while I complete this GIANT blog overhaul. The good news is, I’m half done, maybe in a week or so it will be back to normal… maybe even better!

From the Farm…

The desert is in full bloom this time of year, including my Saguaro cactus.  It’s astounding beauty has stood with integrity for over 100 years.

From the Chicken Yard…

Coop is Ready for the Brutal Heat in Phoenix

The heat is creeping around the corner and once again we are preparing for the brutal days  ahead of summer in Phoenix!
The barn is ready with a new GIANT fan, repaired shade cloths, and new fasteners. New larger drinkers are in place, and numerous water troughs have been put in the different areas my chickens frequent. Even the hoses have been replaced!

With any luck at all, I won’t have anything to leak, break or blow/float away when it’s a billion degrees outside, or when the high winds of monsoon season arrive sometime in July.  In case you think I’m exaggerating, here’s a glimpse of what happened just a few years ago. TBN Ranch in Ruins after Monsoon Micro Burst. Hope that NEVER happens again, pretty sure positive my insurance company agrees!

The Chicken Barn at TBN Ranch Today

 

Bobcat on Property

A bobcat has been hanging around TBN Ranch for about a year and a half now, and although beautiful, this is definitely an unwelcome guest on our property. Strange considering our farm is located in a highly populated residential area within the city limits of Phoenix. Yeah, that’s right, residential. We still have acreage, and all the rights to have farm animals, even though the city has now surrounded us with master planned communities, convenience stores, and fast food. Kinda cool actually!
Back to the bobcat…

I’m fairly certain, about a year ago, this is the cat that popped over our 6ft block wall, grabbed one of my Silkie hens and took off with her. I was VERY nearby when she took that hen, so obviously this big cat doesn’t feel the least bit threatened by humans.

What to do? Well… nothing. It’s illegal to shoot it, and from what I’ve read, Bobcats don’t relocate well. They often don’t survive in a new territory, and I certainly don’t want it to starve or suffer. I just want this beautiful predator to go away!

What I can do is protect my flock. √ DONE. And… our little dog. √ DONE.