Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Steps To Making My Soil Sifter


Today I made a beginning toward making my soil sifter. First I had to remove the piece of wire mesh from the side of the chicken pen. Then I had to cut the wire mesh to fit. This all sounds very simple, but took a very long time.

It seemed to take forever to get the wire mesh off of the side of the pen and cut and replace it with small chicken wire. It took even longer to cut the wire mesh to size because the cutters would barely fit in the holes.

I finally got it cut to size and found some 2 x 2 that I will use to attach the wire mesh to the old window frame. I'm using the window frame instead of building a frame. I like to reuse things and besides it is easier and keeps it out of the landfill.

I sifted some more wood ash for the chickens dust bin. I also sifted some more dirt and mixed that with the wood ash.

The wound on the side of the Buff Orpington is healing rapidly, but the wound on her leg still has a hole in the middle. The hen is eating and drinking and even laid an egg. So we have hopes she will heal and recover.

The sprouts are still sprouting slowly. Rather pathetic.

(March 23, 2009)
Snow?

[6 eggs today]

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Smiles

10 comments:

Mike said...

You can come to our garden and sift sirt. That would be just great.

diane said...

Sorry I been over for a while. Going to work uses up blogging time. I see you are still busy making things.

Melodie said...

I know what you mean about taking forever to cut that wire! Snip snip snip one little wire at a time!

Jennifer said...

Cool...

Barbee' said...

You always have such interesting projects and work going on!

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

I am so behind with my planting......you have pushed me into some action tomorrow!

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

What a great sifter you are making.. You sure know how to use everything. Way to go Mom. We saw Morgan helping. he he

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Leslie said...

Neat sifter idea. I know what you mean about making your own and reusing stuff.

The hole in the middle of your chicken's wound is ok, it is better for it to heal from the outside in. That way it can drain to prevent infection from being trapped under skin. It would be good to wash it (squirt it) out with a syringe of 1/2 peroxide, half water, once a day til it heals. Best wishes to you!

Nancy K. said...

I'm happy to hear your hen is healing well! Keep an eye on that puncture wound ~ they can be nasty...

Brad said...

I had the same problems making one, but once I figured it out, I decided I would use what I learned about online sales and offer the soil sifters to others. Go to http://www.thesoilsifter.com for more info! I know it looks like a business, but it's really just a hobby.