Sunday, August 14, 2011

jasper's new digs

Jasper's new digs. Today I'm heading to the farm supply store to get t-post caps, some electric fence gear for a top line ran around that paddock, and some other odds and ends. Jasper will be living here in the winter, and I'm so happy it is finally done (well, almost). There's some adjustments and interior work to be done yet, but over all it is set up. If a snowstorm came tomorrow and the farm was coated in ice, Jasper would be safe and snug.

Folks have been emailing and posting comments with all sorts of advice and opinions. I read them all, and appreciate them, but they are starting to overwhelm me. Every time I build, acquire, or share anything on the blog I get a slew of emails, many with contradicting opinions on the "right" way to do something. I weigh them against my own experience, friends and local farmer's advice, and my own animals and situations. I won't always agree or follow your advice, but I do always appreciate it.

If you do have helpful advice or concerns, please email me about them. They are welcome on the blog comments section too, but it is hard to respond to them all. An email is something I can save in my inbox and easily refer to. I do my best to respond to them all, but again, sometimes they are overwhelming too.

P.S. Please don't stop commenting! I look forward to them, I just ask that folks who have detailed advice to email me so I can address it and write back!

34 Comments:

OpenID barntalkblog said...

What a beautiful big roo you have there! Personally, I would name him Big Red or something like that.

-Autumn

August 14, 2011 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

anyone else have name ideas! let's name him! He's a Buff Orp!

August 14, 2011 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

Jenna, you are right about doing things that fit you and your farm. I see all the advice you get and it's great advice and it's worked for them but may not for you. So you have to sort through and take what you can use for the situation. It's just like everyone feeds their same animals a whole different way than I do but it works for each one that way.

I have 3 Buff roos. I had to put the origunal roo, Jimmy Buffet, in the freezer not long ago. He was attacking my family. But his 2 sons are great so far. They each have their own "tribe" of girls. And I have a new one that I got with a group of 7 several months ago and he was supposed to be a pullet. But he is the sweetest little guy. He lets me pick him up and sits on my lap. I love Buffs.

What you have done so far looks good. I am sure Jasper will be happy in his new stall and paddock this winter.

August 14, 2011 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger Mimi's Tapawingo said...

Love what you did for Jasper. He is so happy now living with you. The bird from Common Sense Farm is beautiful. If he were mine his name would be "Comet".

August 14, 2011 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger Odie Langley said...

Loved the video and tour. Everything is looking great. I sure do hate the thought of you having to deal with enormous loads of snow and ice again. Here in NC we usually only get one heavy snow of 6 to 8 inches and I guess you just prepare yourself to deal with it. Good luck in all your preparations for the coming winter.
Odie

August 14, 2011 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger treehuggers kitchen said...

Our Buff roo is Rocky (Balboa). I'll be thinking of names for your handsome guy. Keep up the great work, girlie! :)

August 14, 2011 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger City Girl said...

You are such a kind heart, Jenna. I can't believe you have the time to respond to all the comments and emails you get!!

I have absolutely NO farming or construction advice of any kind to offer but I imagine that readers are so excited about what you are doing that they are trying to share whatever they can. I hope you don't get overwhelmed with the need to respond...I'm sure we all understand that you are doing what's best for you.

All the best as you make your way through this exciting adventure you call life! :-)

Diana

August 14, 2011 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger bree said...

I find it interesting how much and how often people feel free to give advice on your blog. In my own life I've learned that no one I've ever tried to advise has received it well so I no longer try to advise my friends or family. Everyone finds their own way. I love reading about your life on the farm Jenna.

August 14, 2011 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger Bovey Belle said...

I was only thinking about your lack of a cockerel today! Must have picked up on him : ) He looks a beautiful boy. I can only think of Orville for a name. I know. Goes off to hide in a corner . . .

Jasper will certainly appreciate his stable come winter, when he's tucked up with a good deep bed and a full haynet - he will be wearing a happy pony smile. He'll certainly winter better than he did before he came to you . . .

August 14, 2011 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Andy said...

Great work on the horse stable and the farm itself. Looks like Jasper is very happy with you and the farm.

August 14, 2011 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger kandy Gray said...

what a pretty barn, i hope that it lasts longer than your friend says, it would be sad to see it go.

one thing, if you can, try to get the bunns off the ground; even if you just use a few cinder blocks and a plank of wood to get them up a foot or so (more if possible), you might find that they do better and grow faster (no energy wasted to stay worm from the damp and cold coming from the ground; that energy can go to getting nice and fat for your plate :-) .

hopefully winter will be kinder to you this year.

August 14, 2011 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger kandy Gray said...

crap, i just realized what i did.

well, here is my way of living: i have many "helpful" friends, mothers, mother in laws and extended family. they ALL have much advice for everything in my life. i listen to all of it, but take only what i think is sound advice. that pisses some people off but, it is my life.

and to tell the truth, sometime the advice is good, like giving my baby rice and rice water to bind him after a bout of the runs. i would have never thought of that, and it worked! who new (well my mother in law did. and i don't even like her!)

August 14, 2011 at 1:24 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Thanks Kandy, all the rabbits are off the ground. Even the one one the ground is up 4 inches on wooden planks.

August 14, 2011 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger kandy Gray said...

oops, sorry, i did not see right. any idea what to do for a diaper rash???? im lost.....

August 14, 2011 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

There's simply no one "right way". And the old adage "opinions are like a-holes..." goes about triple for farming. :)

August 14, 2011 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger goatldi said...

There is a goal. Healthy, productive stock. What ever path one takes to get there is right for them if it produces the end goal.

After 26 years I am a combination of so many. From the person who sold me my first goat (and is a lifelong friend) my vet. who treated all my critters for 21 of those years (and is also a friend for life) and so many others along the way.

Advice is a great thing to get. Sort it out use what you can and toss the rest. The real trick is being smart enough to know the difference.

August 14, 2011 at 3:23 PM  
Blogger Brittany Aukett said...

FogHorn.. For Foghorn Leghorn of course! : )

August 14, 2011 at 4:23 PM  
Blogger ChickenCrazy said...

Hi this doesn't have anything to do with the current conversation but I had a question about chickens:

Would I need to insulate my chicken coop in the winter?
I live near Ottawa (canada) so the winters are usually
-20 to -30 celsius and I have heard if I had a have a small enough coop and good Ventilation it would help. I have 2 pullets right now, a rhode island red and a plymouth rock but want to get 4 or 6 more chickens.
Could anybody answer my question?
Thanks
ChickenCrazy

August 14, 2011 at 4:51 PM  
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August 14, 2011 at 5:44 PM  
Blogger redbird said...

Although I’m pretty opinionated I don’t have too much legitimate advice to offer either because I’m still learning as well, and besides I’ve never met your animals, etc…. I have a lot of failures, laughable moments, and mishaps to share for sure though! And like bree mentioned, people don’t usually take advice too well.

Your new rooster is quite good-looking, names I’m throwing in the hat: Zeus, Elvis, Rusty, and Lynard.

August 14, 2011 at 6:23 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Buffs are such nice birds. My two roosters and two young hens follow me around, like to be picked up and will happily sit on my lap. One of the little hens even fell asleep. I had planned to use them as dual-purpose birds, but I don't think I can eat them. I'll stick with the Freedom Rangers - not cute, not friendly, and voracious eaters. Tasty, too!

August 14, 2011 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger jugtownjane said...

Holy kamoly that is a big rooster! I say you name him Godzilla.

August 14, 2011 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

Great job on the stall and paddock. Isn't it a relief knowing you and Jasper will be set come winter? I swear, simple things like having stalls, or hay stacked in the barn really make me happy and make me feel like I'm ready for anything.

About rooster names...how about Timex or something to do with a pocket watch? I read somewhere (can't remember where) that when asked of the proper Buff Orp color, a man pulled out his gold pocketwatch and said they should be that same color.

August 15, 2011 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I just love seeing how far you have come and that by sheer determination and vision you keep moving forward. How about naming him after a famous fiddler-Corbit.

August 15, 2011 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger phaedra96 said...

Farm building is like child rearing...everyone has their own ideas and advice. Best thing to do is pick out the pieces that fit what YOU want, and go with it.

August 15, 2011 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Godzilla, I LOVE IT!!!

August 15, 2011 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Noël McNeil said...

Well, the only name I can come up with is Foghorn, cause of the old cartoon...but it's not the same kind of bird so...not sure if your gonna want to use it. Although it is a pretty funny name!

***My curiosity is getting the best of me...Can you tell me how you came up with the name Cold Antler Farm? I love it!

August 15, 2011 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger SixSchlabies said...

Jenna, what kind of pig was Pig? :) We've been interested in getting a couple of pigs, but aren't sure what kind to get that don't mind being penned. We don't have our pasture fenced yet, so a pasture pig won't work for us, at the time. You're doing a great job. It's been fun watching you and your little farm grow.
Sabrina

August 15, 2011 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Peacemom said...

Jasper will be a content little guy in there! Good job!

Roo names....how about Ulysses? He's a handsome one. I've got an Ancona that's not so pleasant as your guy, he's taken to attacking everyone if he's loose. ~Vonnie

August 15, 2011 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Ever read The Dirty Life by Kristen Kimball? Another new farmer up in northern NY. She has a hilarious passage in her book, where she is trying to saw a hole in a perfectly good barn in an attempt to corral some wayward pigs. A neighbor drops by, watches for a few minutes, then says, "I don't mean to tell you what to do" (apparently telling someone else what to do in her neck of the woods is a worst possible offense) "but it'd work a lot better if you used a different saw."

Fantastic book. Worth sneaking a few moments a day to read, if you haven't already.

Not to tell you what to do ;)

August 15, 2011 at 4:05 PM  
Blogger HillbillyHannah said...

I had a big buff roo named Chuck, and he was such a sweet pea. I have a RIR roo named Hubert and 6 week old Golden Polish named Gary. I love to name all my chickens mamaw and papaw names...the more Southern and backwoods soundin' the better. If you're goofy like me and wanna go that route, here's some ideas: Leon, Clyde, Cleamon(my neighbors actual name, ha!), Harold, Delbert, Leroy, Earl, Horace, Ralph, Virgil, Jerry...pronounced Jury if you're from these parts :)

August 15, 2011 at 5:57 PM  
Blogger Indio said...

We can't tell our BO hens apart so we named them Tink and Pink. This way the names are close enough that they come to whatever name they hear and, of course, a shake of the mealworm treat jar.

August 15, 2011 at 6:50 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Jenna I just love your litlle vlogs. The put another angle onto your wonderful blog:-)

August 17, 2011 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger beccaWA said...

Birdzilla??? ;-)

August 18, 2011 at 11:12 AM  

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