New Shed Row Barn at TBN Ranch

The barn for my chickens is finally done! They are moved in and today’s full basket of egga tells me they’re happy hens! Setting up the broody pen tomorrow and hopefully in the next few weeks I’ll have somebody feeling motherly. ūüôā

New Barn 9-10-14

Enclosed Feed Room 9-10-14

Silkie Bantam Pen 9-10-14

Maybe I won’t miss my hatch season after all!

Builder: Curt Boyd Barns & Fencing

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TBN Ranch Slowly Rebuilds

It’s been a month now since mother nature caused havoc on our little farm. There is progress in the rebuild, but it’s SLOW.¬† The barn has been torn down and hauled away, dirt and gravel has been brought in for the foundation, now I’m just waiting for something to happen.¬† It seems every crew has another crew they’re waiting on for something.

Not much to see here yet…

Barn Construction 2014

In the meantime, a Quick Trip convenience store has shot up nearly overnight just down the street. Funny how big business has crews for everything all at the same time.

I’m not worried one bit, I hired Curt Boyd Barns & Fencing, in my opinion, the best barn builder in the Valley. He was able to design a custom barn suitable for my specific needs, and he’s been competent in hiring the crews needed to assist him. Unfortunately, with all the storm damage in surrounding areas, every contractor is much busier than usual.

Chicken Update…

The Silkie Bantams are acting like they’re in jail. They aren’t used to being locked up and there’s lots of squawking going on. I’m grateful there hasn’t been any battles in the coop, it’s hot, I can’t give them a fan, and space is limited. Not an ideal set-up, but hopefully they’ll fair well for another month.

Silkies 8-28-14

October is just around the corner and I’m still hopeful for time to hatch Silkie chicks. If not, I guess I’ll just have to buy mail order chicks one more time. Either way, I’ll have a variety of ornamental bantams for sale in Spring.

To learn more about Three Pines Bantams at TBN Ranch, visit and “like us” on Facebook. There’s lots of info from all over the net for those interested in chickens. It is also where I’ll post chicks for local sale.

Digging out from the Rubble

micro burst 4 7-2014

I can see the light! Insurance claims are in, estimates on rebuilding are happening, and the clean up is at least noticeable. Considering the temperatures are hovering around the 112 mark, the rebuild will be easier on me if it’s put off until Sept. or Oct.¬† So I will close the window blinds and just pretend I’m not living in a junk yard.

If all this isn’t enough, we were in the middle of remodeling three rooms in our house when the storm hit, another place where I’ve closed doors to ignore a mess.¬† We can’t keep closing blinds and doors or soon we’ll be living in the confines of a closet. So for now, all my efforts are on the three rooms. With any luck at all, by the end of the year TBN Ranch will be what it was, maybe even better.

What’s all the remodeling about? That’s a secret for now!

 

TBN Ranch in Ruins from Massive Storm

This is our farm after a micro burst hit our farm on Saturday night. As you can see, TBN Ranch will never be the same, but at least there were no injuries.¬† These are the first few pictures, I’ll write more about this fiasco when I can.
Micro Burst 2 7-2-14Micro Burst 7-2014

Micro Burst 3 7-2014