In this aerial photo you can see my property and the black line indicates fencing around those 6 acres. This is an older photo so the pond and garden are not in the picture. They came later.
Fencing is 6’ high chain link which is also buried in the ground 6”. Before I purchased all this elaborate fencing, I had many predators that killed my chickens. I also lost Janey on the highway and nearly lost Faye, too – who was hit but survived.
It became very clear to me that if I were going to live on this property, I would need to invest in fencing because I just could not stand the heartbreak.
When Mom died and I had some inheritance money, I spent over $35,000 to fence this 6 acres – and it’s been worth every penny! I have never regretted it and I have thanked God for it many times when a vehicle comes down my road at 60 mph! Chickens, geese, goats, dogs are all safe inside the fence. The cats are not always inside the fence but I haven’t lost one in many years. Yes, predators can and will climb the fence BUT they are so well fed around here with dead hogs laying outside confinement buildings that my chickens are not worth the effort, I don’t think.
That’s my theory about predators which doesn’t mean I won’t have an incident this summer but I’ve done everything humanly possible to protect everybody.
One of our AC units went out last week and the guy came this morning and fixed it – whew!
We’re heading to St. Cloud tomorrow to meet Eric, Nikki and Camber to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries at a hotel with a pool. I’m hoping to hit every quilt shop on the way there – can anybody help me with that? Tell me what shops are between Mpls and St. Cloud. I need fabric – sewing as fast as I can on quilts for this next book. As soon as I’m done sewing, I’ll have my carpal tunnel fixed.
So that’s Thursday – glad you enjoyed the farm tour!