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I’ve got a lot of ideas running through my head for projects we are currently considering. I’m contemplating a variety of ways we could add a shade sail in the back pasture for the horses on hot sunny days, for weather that will hopefully be arriving to our region soon.

Once again, we are thinking about ways we could teach Delilah to live with free roaming chickens on our property. We really want to add the birds as a natural predator to the unwanted flies and ticks around here. This leads to several issues to be sorted out, like what we would do for a chicken coop, and will we finally get a shock collar to assist with dog training.

We are surrounded by so many people for whom these issues are old hat. It serves as both an inspiration and a frustration. It is inspiring to have people with experience answer our queries in ways that make things sound simple and easy. At the same time, my little brain has a tendency to get bogged down with trying to figure out details they seem to gloss over when they are in the mode of simplifying for me.

Something tells me I should just take the plunge, and learn by trial and error. There’s a resonance here to the story of us repeatedly not planting asparagus because, every time we talk about it, the fact that it takes years to get established deters us from just doing it. —By the way, we finally did get a couple plants in the ground. Check back with me in a couple of years to see how that turns out for us.

Last night we had dinner at George’s and met new friends. It was inspiring and enjoyable.

Sadly, George reported he lost a ewe that left an orphaned lamb. Cyndie got excited when he said it would need to be bottle fed.

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There are no plans for us to be adding sheep in the future. That is not one of the things on my mind.

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Written by johnwhays

April 29, 2016 at 6:00 am

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  1. If she does ok with cats, she should be able to learn chickens. Bubba is NOT ok with cats (we have none, so they are a rare sight for him), but learning the chickens was pretty easy for him. We kept them in the basement and would let him smell them while we held them as chicks. It helped him to see that they were OURS and not random wildlife. His prey drive is surely not as strong as Delilah’s, but starting them inside could be helpful. Also, maybe start with just a mini/temporary coop made with freecycled stuff and just a few chicks to test the waters before investing much $ and labor.
    We are training a foster dog now at a weekly class (using positive reiforcement/clicker training), and having someone to help with the training bit has been HUGELY helpful, worth all the money and time spent, in my opinion!
    Good luck!! We would love to come out this summer to help out with daily chores–Heidi especially wants some experience shoveling manure. 😉

    Liz Shatek

    April 29, 2016 at 10:00 am

    • I’m feeling a special bond to Heidi right now. After last night, I am leaning to your suggestion of testing the waters with a small start. George offered to give us some chickens, because he has too many. Sounds like he might even have some “huts” we could use.
      Cyndie did a short stint of working with a trainer to teach Delilah using a clicker and positive rewards. I am sure it will be possible to train her, even if it takes failing some first. Sometimes we just try too hard to avoid failure, to the point of stunting possible success.
      Thanks! You are welcome here anytime that happens to be convenient for you. Just let us know!

      johnwhays

      April 29, 2016 at 10:31 am


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