Weekend Projects, Large & Small

We’re finally in the wrapping up stages of our latest multi-weekend project: extending the chicken shed. Will be so nice to have this newly covered run area available to the chigs this winter!

Still have to figure out exactly how we want to finish the north end (left side of photo above) so for now we’ve got it closed off with a gate and some chicken wire.

But it gives our feathered friends quite a bit more covered area to scratch and flap and do chicken stuff while safe from aerial predators, which are especially numerous here in the winter months (eagles coming in to feed on salmon in the Samish river).

We’ll need to configure some panels that we can fold down in really bad weather to keep out some wind and blowing rain/snow, but at least the shell is now mostly complete. Hopefully it will make winter a little more manageable out there.

And today, after many years of lamenting birds and bats getting trapped in our shop building, I pulled out a tall ladder and resolved to plug the old chimney, as it was the only remaining way they could be getting in-

The opening at the top was a 6 inch square with rounded corners.

Which reminded me of some nursery pots I had stashed. Turns out they were the right shape, but just a smidge small, so I turned to bubblewrap and duct tape to make up the difference.

beauty, eh?

And here is my homegrown solution neatly filling the chimney opening

With any luck this will prevent the needless deaths of any more bats and birds (and bird droppings all over the inside of the shop). yay.

And, of course there are wool projects in the works! The Holiday Festival is now less than a month away, so I am trying to keep up a two-hats-a-week pace.

This weeks hats are both of the earflap variety ( i love the fit of these- so cozy!)

And four more sheep puppets got their peepers today as well-

Thanks goodness for long weekends.

Happy veterans day to all fellow veterans out there, and Go Hawks! 🙂

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