This is the best news yet!
I have rainwater in my vegetable patch!
And wearing a grin from ear to ear J
We have lots of rain water in storage, (I think about 15,000 gallons) so this will make good use of it.
Hubby has been busy catching up on much needed jobs around here.
Apart from putting a tap in my garden, he has installed chicken nipples in the hen house.
He bought the nipples off eBay, and put them into poly pipe, but he is not completely happy with it. The water is seeping out around the nipples so he is thinking of replacing the pipe with something else. Hubby took the main water supply away, and being the inquisitive type, the chooks soon worked out that water came out of the new bright shiny things in the hen house...the bricks at the bottom are for the baby chicks to stand on to reach.
Hubby asked a mate to pick up one of these barrels while he was in Adelaide to use for water storage for the nipples.
The barrel is hooked up to a rainwater tank behind the shed.
To the barrel, he added a float.
Hopefully with this setup we will cut down on our water bill.
For those who have not seen. This is our chicken pecker. We purchased one of these a while back to try and stop the sparrows and pigeons from eating a lot of our grain. It stops the sparrows, but the pigeons are still tall enough to reach it. The chickens didn't take long to figure out how to use the pecker. They are clever birds J
We hang the grain bucket from the roof with wire.
I previously blogged about it
Hmmm think it is time I raked out their pen again J
In the hen house, we have two more broody girls.
We are waiting for the delivery of some fertile eggs from a chicken breeder.
We do own a rooster, but are wanting to bring in fresh eggs and try some different breeds.
The rest of the girls are doing what they do best...
This was the view from my lounge room window the other day.
A lovely day for a dust bath in my (dying) front garden.
I have not been watering the flowers to save water.
Drinking the run off water from the hot water service.
We collect it and use it to water plants to stop wastage.
The baby chicks were out and about enjoying the day.
I could just sit for hours watching them...
There was a bee buzzing near the chicks, but they somehow knew not to touch it...
A couple more visitors have passed through...
This fella didn't like me getting too close for a photo...
This is his warning sign to nick off!
There is also a snake hanging around, but he has proved to be very elusive.
It has been really windy on a few occasions recently, which is typical for our Spring...
It has been strong enough to cause some slight damage around the place, but not anything too bad...
There are more winds due today.
It has only been two days since our last wind bashing. Gusts were very strong, between 75-100 km/hr (46 - 62 mph?) at times.
It picked up dirt and debris and dumped it all under my verandah!
I am getting quite used to sweeping up the mess J
Remember my outside thermometer/clock I painstakingly painted?
Well this is it now, thanks to a big gust of wind!
I guess I can use the pieces on top of my olla's in the garden J
Hubby has declared war on the sparrows!
He is so sick of them nesting under the verandah and pooping on every thing...
They make a terrible mess!
So this is what he has come up with, cylinders made with gutter guard and zip ties...
And he is placing them all the way along the verandah...
He needs to find a better way to secure them because the strong winds and sparrows (we call them spoggies) keep knocking them down.
He uses this contraption and a ladder to put the cylinders up into the spaces.
He has completed about half way around the verandah.
So for now he has won the battle, but will he win the war?
Time will tell J
What has been happening in your neck of the woods? I hope the weather is being kind to you J