Farm Update: Interior of the Cabin, Butchering Chickens and a Run-in With a Skunk


| 9/29/2011 9:13:00 AM


Tags: small house, tiny house, Biggers Farm, Shiitakes, Jersey Calf, skunks, Samantha Biggers,

Samantha BiggersA lot has been happening on the farm and with the house building. A couple of weeks ago we received our special ordered pine planks for our 600 square foot cabin. We finally have walls and and ceilings. Unfortunately we had some trouble getting the planks initially. We were told that we could get 1/2” dimension planks anytime, but a year later when we were actually ready to start putting up the walls, we discovered that we could not get the planks without special ordering them, and they were going to cost $1,000 more than we thought they would.

Sometimes building a house these things just happen. Costs can change greatly from one year to the next so if you are building your house as you can afford it, you need to over budget a bit for when these things occur. The planks have gone up pretty easily with a nail gun but definitely have taken longer than dry wall or panels would have. At the same time this cabin is supposed to also be a farm house and I think that if we had gone with drywall we would have wound up with it looking bad really quick and the repairs over the years would have been very time consuming. I don't think I am careful enough with chairs and objects to not put holes in it, especially during canning season. We still have some planks to put up since we have not been able to dedicate all our time to the house.

Our Future Kitchen 

The loft of our Roughly 600 sq ft cabin 

 This time of year there is a lot of winterizing and harvesting duties to take care of on the farm. Last week we butchered 30 Cornish Cross Broilers. Most of the birds (21) were deboned and canned. I cooked down and canned chicken broth with what was left. The broilers got butchered a little younger this year. They were also cockerels and hens. This is the first year we have tried raising the straight run birds. The mortality was higher this year due to the intense heat we had this summer. Cornish crosses can be really sensitive birds.

Our Broilers At 5 Weeks or So 

mary carton
10/1/2011 8:45:04 AM

I have a skunk den in the ditch along the road in front of the house. We see them out in the day time a lot. I drove down to Mom's house one day while she was out of town (with the dog following) and one was in the orchard. I hoped the dog didn't see it, and she didn't at that time. Going back to my house trotting up the middle of the road going back to it's den was the skunk. About the time I went around it, Casey saw it and got herself and the side of my car sprayed. Hydrogen peroxide is also good for the odor.


nebraska dave
9/30/2011 10:54:12 PM

Samantha, I only had one encounter with a skunk. You can read about it by going to the following link on the GRIT Blog. http://www.grit.com/blogs/blog.aspx?blogid=4294967389 Your farm house looks great. I too have discovered that when planning a project of any kind to expect it to cost more than anticipated and take longer than expected. It's always those little unexpected issues that spring up and bite me that expend the time frame on a project. You have a cute little calf. I always like Jersey cows. We had one in our rag tag milk cow herd when I milked cows in high school. She was half the size of the Holsteins and only gave half the milk that a Holstein would but her milk was very rich in butter fat and we always used her milk to skim off the cream for making butter. Her name was Little Bitty. As I recall she was the only one out the 13 that had a name. Cute as a button she was even as a grown milk cow. We never had a bull for breeding and always sold the calves as feeder calves. It wasn't a big operation but it convinced me to consider college and a career in technology instead of farming. Have a great day on the farm.





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