The Catalyst Cabin

FINLAND!

FINLAND!

So my pre-winter-solstice project and present to the home, is its stead. Link here for the inside joke… I present, the guts of the Catalyst Cabin. Video Below.

 

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With a belly-skid constructed, the building elevated, and then seated on the trailer, it is time to haul the ‘shed’ to its new home where it will become gold.

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Just cruising, you know, with a 17 foot wide 28 foot long load… Too good times, new experiences, and lofty goals!

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No, this was not a one-time load then offload. The truth is, the constraints of the loading site made it necessary to offload the beast on the road in front of my home first. We then reversed the trailer, loaded her again and…

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Then we brought the shed to her resting spot like the pedal of a Fall rose… Not really, the next step actually took 3 hours.

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And that step was backing the 17’x22′ shed, a 17×28 foot load, through a 20 foot opening between my house an the garage at an angle to meet ‘just-so’ on the foundation in order to miss all the plumbing, electrical, conduits, and sill plate pins… Got to love the challenge!

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And here she sits, the trailer was barely removed by literally half-an-inch between the house on one side, and the corner bracing holding the shed up!!!

Here is some video of the after move:

I left an ‘I’ out of the text in the video, see if you can find it and make a point of that instead of the content;)

For the song of the day, well, Puscifer is still in play! Volume people volume, feel it too! “Standing on the edge of forever, witnessing the majesty!” Puscifer – Grand Canyon

 

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All Hallows Slaughter: Paddock Chicken, Is Good Chicken

It's the time of the year that all Roosters fear. All Hallows Slaughter... Not really, generally I have this job done already, and since I am late I will have to cull 5 more after the new Hens start laying in a month or so....

It’s the time of the year that all Roosters fear. All Hallows Slaughter… Not really, generally I have this job done already, and since I am late I will have to cull 5 more after the new Hens start laying in a month or so….

 

 

Happy Halloween! The Bloody Beetroots – Rock Steady

Sights and Sounds of The Catalyst Coop

Fuzzy bloody Moon 9/27/15 at The Catalyst Coop.

Fuzzy Bloody Moon 9/27/15 at The Catalyst Coop. You think that is a drink yet? Cheers!

Cats and chickens, bugs and itching’s

Wind and creaks, and birds from their beaks

Some raving booms, and even some Catalysts looms.

Manual link here.

 

HEY YOU, how long do things have to be known before we help with the stone? The epic, Pink Floyd – Hey You.

Catalyst Coop Happenings

WTFAYLA?

Majestic birds. Two years prior we had a Snowy Owl here as well.

So whats been happening on the farm lately?

A few first season Goji berries are drying in the kitchen, I intend to use them as nutritional additions to any meal I so desire. This is the same thing I do with turmeric, another powerful medicinal that I have never used for taste. Whatever I may be eating often gets some sort of nutritional additive like these mentioned especially through the winter. And through the growing season I readily take bites of medicinal’s directly from the plants; all for the concept of preventative medicine, by means of storing vital micro-nutrients in my body for current and future use by the biological systems that keep this body alive and reaching further.

Another polycultured site I have started in my community.

Another polycultured site I have started in my community.

Then there is my favorite old-world ancestral probiotic treat Sour Kraut. I have recently shredded, salted and mashed 17 pounds of cabbage and expect my first taste in a few weeks. This is enough for us to enjoy all winter and through next spring.

I have also put out an ad searching for people who make there own products in the hopes of buying some homemade items that I don’t personally make. So far I am enjoying pickled Okra, half a dozen jellies, Apple Butter, and Apple Sauce.

A view of the main beds from up high. The whole area is around 150'x150'.

A view of the main beds from up high. The whole area is around 150’x150′.

The spring chicks are nearing 3/4 full size, and I expect them to start laying in the early winter months. As soon as they do start laying the flock of pure White Rocks will meet the freezer along with most of the roosters from the new flock of White/Barred Rock mixes. The new flock has two shades of Barred, one lighter and one darker. I have yet to determine if this is between males and females which would tell me whether this is a sex-linked hybrid or not and I have found no mention of the combination online.

We have a breeding pair of Barn owls hanging out in the woods and doing their part in the ecosystem. My daughter loves to explore their pellets for skulls; she found over thirty on a recent search. Also this year Leopard frogs found the waterfall/pond all by themselves, the Praying Mantis population is healthy, a Fox has been seen once, Fox squirrels are making their way into the woods, and our garter snakes grew into very large specimens.

New wild medicinal’s identified include Camphor, Curly Dock, Jostaberry, and Smart weed.

The grass problems solution is under construction. Two main varieties are the problem, but one specifically. I have lots of Fox Tail, but the crabgrass has proven worst considering its allelopathic nature of inhibiting near by growth of other plants. The plan is Clover which has proven to shade the soil early enough to prevent its germination, and of course more perennial plants to fill in the beds under and around the taller trees and shrubs. This was the first year I have a such bad issue with the grass, namely due to the mulches decaying to a point that gave optimal germination conditions. Lesson: keep the dirt covered with living mulches, or a deep litter method of sheet mulching.

Though I never speak of the home projects, today I will mention that years of redesigning the floor plan of the house are coming to an end and the finish work will soon begin. The old third bedroom is now the brand new bathroom and laundry. Old bathroom number one is now kitchen space. Old bathroom two is now more space for the master bedroom. And what used to be an entry way/laundry and living room are now an open floor plan including living, dining and kitchen. It feels great to have this whole plan coming together, even if has taken years longer than it would have with access to money.

The work includes what will be all new plumbing that has a very efficient and centralized sprawl given the placement of bathroom and kitchen. The solar system is simple, but enough to run a laptop, lights, and charge batteries. Eventually a new third room/sun room will be added, and a guest cabin is in the works for next spring.

I think that satisfied my desire to express the happenings of the Coop for today, as normal I just spit this stuff out meaning much is left unmentioned. Since I am here to Catalyze however, I don’t believe the minute details are necessary.

Now go do something with passion in your stride.

Till next time, say hello to my little friend, MUSIC!! I am I, Queensryche

Catalyst Coop Chicks: June 27 2015

Catalyst Chicks,

Catalyst Chicks,,,

This years chicks have arrived at the Coop, and we are happy as all get out.

It started nearly a month ago when the broody gal hatched one egg from 20. This was my fault in two ways: 1. I only let the rooster 3 days to fertilize my 8 hens, and 2, I didn’t wait long enough to let the eggs hatch.

On the 22 day after I put the eggs under the broody hen, I discarded the eggs figuring the rooster did not have success in those three days. But I was wrong, I realized very quickly there were 3 of the 20 eggs that had chicks just about to hatch! I rushed them back under the hen who I had just pissed off by taking her eggs. One made it, one huge mistake made.

Now I know to wait a few days past the 21 days as any number of things may cause a later hatch.

Even if all three would have made it, it was not enough to keep my flock cycled for the year. Thus, I picked up a cheap incubator and put thirty eggs in it.

The rest is history, and I can expect two culling’s this year since none of the new guys will be laying eggs for another 5-6 months. As soon as the new roosters are broiler size, all but one will hit the freezer. Then, as the new hens start to lays eggs the old flock will hit the freezer.

My maximum number of chickens in this system is 5 laying hens, 6 pre-layers, and a rooster. Higher than twice what I had originally planned… when I was not considering flock rotation. That means through the Winter I will have only 6 chickens, through spring to early Summer its chicks and hens, then late Summer through Fall its 12 chickens: 6 waiting for the end, 5 waiting for full-time egg production, and a rooster.

Cool, well I hope that gives you something useful, and maybe the video will too.

Manual Link 2015 Catalyst Coop Chickens

And for the song of the post: a slow start for a techno tart, perfect for dancing into the Catalysts heart. Boyz Noize, Oh! Oh! Ya be alright, be alright.