So the turkeys kept/keep trying to get out of their coop, I let a couple out the other the day and they seemed to like it, Solution, I threw up some 4 foot fencing and made a temporary run for them and of course Pax, our 17 pound Snorkey thinks the turkeys are his friends and family, wonder how he’ll do when they weight 50 pounds.
Think I’ll make the fence more stable and add a gate to get in and out, tired of step over it all the time :<)
Video of Pax running with the birds P5170008
So the chickens and turkeys are getting bigger and I put the turkeys and Corniish Crosses out in the chicken coop last Saturday, they were getting to big for their chick boxes and the amonnia smell was driving me crazy.
I’m thinking tomorrow I’ll put the Sex Links out with the Cornish gals and see how they do. Temps are getting better, but I’m still turning on the heat lamp at night.
Pictures of the chicken and turkey chicks we have. The small chickens are Sex Link for egg laying, the big white ones are Cornish Cross for meat, and the Turkeys are bronze and white turkeys for, well turkey days. Their between 2 to 3 weeks in these pics., Still too cold to put them out in the coop, snow on the ground, so they reside in the garage for a few more weeks.
Pictures of the coop, turkey’s to the left of me, chickens to the right, here I am stuck in the chicken s**t again.
Another great day and ride for this spring of 2017. Six of us meet at Chatanika Lodge for breakfast at 9:00 AM and then drove to 42 Mile Steese to hit the White Mtn Trails. We discussed going to 85 Mile, but the clouds were looking low and it was windy, figured it’d be a miserable ride higher up.
The parking lot was bare of any snow and that made getting the 100 feet to the trail and snow interesting, dang sleds don’t like turning on dry asphalt and dirt. Anywho, we all got on the trail and headed to Cache Mtn Cabin. The ride was good, new snow from the past couple days and the sun was out most of the time, a bit flat light and no tracks to see, so leading I did miss a couple turns, Ooops.
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Cache Mountain in the White Mtn Rec Area April 2017
It was a Tres Amigos ride, Steve M., Nick S., and I were the only ones to show up, the rest for you all missed a good ride to Gold King, yup, we made it all the way. Arrived at Clear Sky Lodge at 9:00 and was wondering if the ride was going to be a stuck fest with the warmer temps, at least the wife said it was going to be, oh she was so wrong.
Hit the Rex Trail and was pleasantly surprised to see someone had run a drag on the trail, at least what I thought was a drag on the trail, turns out one of the Gold King locals ran a CAT down the trail. We were fortunate that this was about 3 to 4 weeks ago and there was new snow on it, so no one over heated, not even a little bit.
So last August I retired, it was to say the least a hard decision but a good one now that I’ve had time adjust 🙂
With all my free time I was asked and agreed to re-join the Fairbanks Snow Travelers, Snowmachine club and have been enjoying it so far. Lots of work to do to get the club back up to par, to many things were laid to the waste side as it were. Membership down to an all time low, rides not being scheduled or done, events that we always did not being done and numerous other things that it takes to run a local club. But it’s getting back up again and will continue to do so, it just takes some energy and a little work.
My big thing is getting rides in, of course this is a benefit to me, now that I’m retired I get to ride all I want We had a slow snow year, but when the snows did come it fell in feet. Earlier rides were OK, but last weekend was the Best ride of the season, 7 of us (Shawn and Dawn Murphy, Nick S, Alvin, Davey, Mike C and Me) started out from Chena Pump Landing at 9:30 AM and not a one of us had been to Clear Creek Butt in a couple of years, so we left with hearty souls and faith in our communal memories.
So here it is May already and an early breakup and the temp are warming up. All the snow is gone, at least locally and nothing left for riding even in the mountains.
I did get two late season trips into the cabin, one with Jake and one with Tyler. Hauled in two of the three base cabinets for the kitchen and the counter. Just need to get the third one in so I can cut out the hole for the sink and place it. Sure would be nice to have a kitchen counter and sink instead of the bowls I’ve been using for doing dishes.
Tyler and I finished up the tongue and grove on the main walls and on the nest trip I plan to finish the back wall and if I’m lucky or motivated enough I’ll start on the ceiling. Really need to use up the material I have hauled in so I can get a good list going for next winter. I do have all the materials for an outhouse and that will be a priority, just as soon as I get a hole dig for it.
For work I’ve been working on my CCNA and HAM radio license. Got my HAM license,KL4GO, And can get on the air just as soon as my radio is installed in the truck this week.
Of course now that it is Spring. it’s time to get the ATV’s ready and rolling.
The FST Sweetheart run was another great trip down the Tanana to Nenana and a lunch at the Monderosa. The river conditions were pretty good, but lacking in snow cover and lots of sheet ice and I was glad to have the Bearcat’s track studded up. However, those same wonderful studs also caused me some issues. I threw a couple of the studs and one of them went through my cooling unit. Same as getting a hole in your radiator, loss of radiator fluid and overheating 🙁 I ended up having to remove the track and lots of front end part to get the heat exchanger off, welded and then back on again.
So the weather is nice and we all have Caribou tags to fill. Normally I’d go up to Rosebud in the Chena Rec area, but that is in zone 1 and was closed while Trish and I were at the cabin in Dec. So Dean, Dave, Jake and I decided to go into the White Mtn’s and up to Windy Gap to find some Bou. Well, our tags are still unfilled and my freezer is getting low.
We spent Christmas Eve with the kids at home and Christmas day packing for our trip to the cabin near Hurricane. This was the wife’s first trip to the cabin since the walls went up. She’d been there once before after we got the foundation and platform built, but it’s a big change from platform to walls, roof, insulation and such.