02 June 2011

I want a new pad

I want a new pad said the frog.  The chickens got a new pad.
 
Yes, they did.  We worked on this for 6 weeks if not more!
 
I have a pathway going to them.
 
They have a nice strong fence to keep out the chicken hawks, skunks, etc., plus another run in the back. 
 
When they get used to their new "pad" then I'll let them roam the woods a bit. Plus I am making part of this area my new woodland garden.  I have started planting hostas, widow's tears aka spider worts are already there along with naturalized ferns.
 
Whoopee for the chickens!  So where is our new pad?
 
Ok, ok, little frog, here comes your new pad! I started digging it with a shovel this past weekend until hubby looked at me and said you know I could use the tractor on it!  I gave him "the look".  Good thing he wasn't close to the water!
 
Even the new little chicks that the neighbor gave us got in the act by cleaning up the worms!
 
Our dog thought it was the coolest place to be with this over 94/52grad temperature.
 
So this is the finished hole.  It looks deep, but it really isn't especially since it is built on a slope.  The water level will be about the same as the back, and if we want it deeper we will have to add dirt to the back to even out the front.  Then we have to "cut" a shelf in for the rocks and liner.
 
All my plants that I planted will need to be moved, but that's ok since I get to buy a few new ones too! Looks like it will be busy around here! 

10 comments:

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Love the new home for the chickens! Your pond is going to be great too. You have some beautifl property to work on.
Hugs,
Penny

Rosines Welt said...

♥♥♥Rosine

Anke said...

Ulrike I adore your new chicken coop! I'm a tad envious too, since I would love to keep chickens myself. You guys did a really great job, and I can't wait to see the finished new home for froggy.

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Ulrike... your place looks so beautiful!... Love the chickies new pad, and froggie will love his new pad as well!... a woodland garden sounds sooo dreamy!... and your doggie is precious!... xoxo Julie Marie

Southern Lady said...

Love the chickens' pad! Can't wait to see the results of your hard work! Have a happy weekend. Carla

Rosines said...

I thank quite warmly for your praise!
Today I put a new drawing. Maybe you have to look desire sometimes?

Lots of love from Rosine

Zuzu said...

You've been so busy, Ulrike! Everything looks wonderful!

Your forest looks so green & lush. We are in a long drought here in the Colorado mountains, and Hubby & I are currently cutting down some huge pines. I'd much rather be doing the kinds of projects that you are working on! :)

Wishing you a lovely one,
~ Zuzu

Comfrey Cottages said...

oh i love the chickens new home! yea! you got that project done! :) wow, lady you are going all out on the new froggy pad and planting spot:) will be fun watching this project progress:) xxx

Madelief said...

Dear Ulrike,

You are working really hard! I wish I had chickens like you. I think they are so much fun to have. Their new home looks great. Looking forward to see how your pond will look like!

You will be very happy with your Eden rose. It is one of my favourites!

We had hardly any rain yet. Hopefully we will get some on sunday and monday :-)!

Happy weekend!

Lieve groet, Madelief x

Deb G said...

Fun projects! I wish I had room for a bit of a pond. I have a larger pot that I keep a few gold fish in and a few water plants, but that's it.

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