This week has been one excitement after another! Aside from the excavator and almost finishing the digging we also ordered our first round of chickens, acquired wood from a wonderful dear friend to make a chicken coop, and modified our GoFundMe account. So check this out:
We are trying out a hatchery that is recommended by Joel Salatin. I ordered 25 heavy heritage roosters. I know they are tougher meat than hens but I hear if you do a brine wash on them they loosen up so i’m gonna give it a shot and see what I think, especially since they are $1 cheaper per chick than getting hens or even straight run. Hopefully the processing goes well and we wont really be able to tell a difference. I cant wait to get the little guys in the mail next week. SQUEE!!!
I have also been stressing about this chicken coup. I figured it would cost about $50 to build which I had not figured into the budget, meaning i would have to stress myself more to work my business harder than i already have been or take the money out of our building fund. INSTEAD my very dear friend has offered some wood she had laying around. Meaning chicken coup=almost free!! I love this kind of country lifestyle. i have something you want that i dont need so you can have it, and I know I’ll be bringing her some veggies this summer too, and maybe a chicken or two. it’s a win/win on all sides.
Finally, and probably the coolest part, is that The concrete foundation is going to be cheaper than previously expected. I called around and did more price shopping. it looks like the gravel will be about $1000 (instead of $1500) and the concrete should cost about $3300 (instead of $4000). I did some more calculations and it looks like if we can raise $2000 by the end of July we can have the entire foundation finished!!! I am extremely excited!!! Also a bit nervous. Looks like i have a lot of work to do to raise $2000 in 2 months!! Wish me luck! www.gofundme.com/0tohomestead