Outdoor rabbit hutch

We got our rabbits last summer but they were in our shed and garage over the winter and we were not a fan of the dirty barn smell in a hard to clean area. So we decided to build an outdoor hutch!

We plan to house 10 cages in the enclosure with a gutter system below the cages to collect all the droppings and urine. We get some pretty cold weather in the upper Midwest so we are going to insulate the hutch on three sides and use a tarp to keep the wind off the rabbits. The cages will be suspended to keep them off the drip pan.

For our materials we tried to use stuff we already had or buy at a discount, but we did need to buy some new materials. After looking at what we had around the farm we decided a trip to Menards would be necessary. We went straight to their bargain bin and found discounted metal roofing and hardy board siding.

The metal roof keeps the rabbits dry and sheltered from above. The siding is insulated on the sides to keep any drafts out.

The gutters collect any waste and the top few inches above the cages and under the roof is open to allow circulation.

A rolling tarp keeps the rabbits protected from wind, snow, and rain but us easily opened for us to access and care for them. On nice days we leave it open for them to enjoy nice weather.

Roomy quarters with food, water, and hay. The cages are held up by chains and caribbeaners. The siding underneath catches all the waste and encourages it to go to the gutter.

The tarp is held up by bicycle hooks.

Thank you for following us and we hope you visit again. If you have built your own hutch and have any tips, please write them in the comment section.

God bless,

Darrick and Kay

How to make a Self-watering planter

Did you get spring fever and plant all your little seeds only to realize the following week you were going to be gone all week?

That’s what we did. Oh no! How are we going to make sure the plants are watered?! Well here is one way we tried and our mistakes along the way.

As we all know cotton soaks up water, but did you know it can also transport water?! What you need is…

•Your plant

•A string of 100% cotton yarn

•A cup, pitcher, or some vessel to hold water.

If you don’t know if your yarn is 100% cotton you can wet it, place one end in a cup of water and lay the other end on a paper towel. In a few minutes the paper towel should be slightly wet and you might see water drops.

So now that you know your yarn will work bring your water vessel and yarn to your plant. Cut your strings so they will be long enough to reach the water in your water vessel and your planter, better to have extra than not enough.

Wet your yarn thoroughly. Make a small hole with your finger in your planter about an inch down and place your damp yarn in vertically and secure it with soil. (You could lay it on top of the soil too, just make sure it’s not drowning any little seedlings) Take the other end and place it in your vessel with water. Check back on it in half an hour or so and you will be able to see it working and the soil should be wet.

If it’s not working, or working too well here’s some quick tips…

If it’s not wet enough make sure your water vessel is taller than your planter. The yarn will soak up water, but gravity brings it to the plant. You could also try to wet your yarn again, remember it has to be 100% cotton.

If it’s too wet (I came back after half an hour to find a very wet table and full planters) your water vessel is too tall (the pitcher is too tall for these planters; notice the water on the bottom of a few of the spill lids).

You should also note if your plant needs extra water, give them a taller vessel. If they don’t like wet feet (like this lavender) a shorter vessel will do just fine.

When your strings are in place fill up the cup and your good to go. This particular layout with 5 planters and a 2 cup measuring cup in the middle kept my plants watered for 5-6 days.

Let us know in the comments if you tried it, how it worked for you, and any hints you found that worked for you. If you enjoyed this article and want to see more like it follow us.

Thank you and God bless,

Darrick and Kay

Rare exotic mystery chick list from Murray McMurray hatchery

When you order from Murray McMurray Hatchery you get the option to get a free rare, exotic mystery chick- how awesome is that?!

When you get the chick you may search the Internet in hope of one that looks like yours. We found this to be a tedious process so we’ve put together a list of Murray McMurray rare chicken breeds in hopes you find your mystery chick! Good luck!

Andalusians

Lakenvelders

Blue Laced Red Wyandotte

Photo from Www.FeatherSite.com

Modern BB Red Games

Buttercups

Phoenix

Dominiques

Red Caps

Dorkings

Silver Leghorns

Cream Legbars

Silver Penciled Rocks

Crevecoeurs

Sumatras

Egyptian Fayoumis

White Laced Red Cornish

Golden Campines

White Faced Black Spanish

Golden Laced Wyandottes

Yokohama

Golden Penciled Hamburgs

Polish (white, buff, golden, and silver)

Cochins (black, buff, partridge, blue, silver lace)

Brahma: dark and buff

All photos (except those noted) were from Murray McMurray Hatchery. This is not sponsored. We hope you find your chick!

God Bless,

Darrick and Kay

City folk goin’ Country

Our exotic chick is….

After lots of looking over rare varieties of chicks on Murray McMurray hatchery and Pinterest we’ve come to the conclusion our chick is….

A GOLD LACED WYANDOTTE!!

Kay is very excited as this breed is known to be friendly, hens are good layers, cold hardy, and their beautiful feathers are great for crafts.

Thanks for visiting us. Follow us and come back for updates on this little chick to find if he/she is a rooster or a hen, feather crafts, and chicken tips.

God bless,

Darrick and Kay

Guess this chick?

It’s game time!

We got our chicks from Murray McMurray hatchery this morning. Included in our order was a free “rare exotic mystery chick”.  So your challenge, if you so choose to accept it, is to post in the comments below your guess of what breed of bird you think our little cockerel is.  We have only shown roosters as we’ve heard it most likely is a male. We have listed all the possible birds it could be from McMurray’s rare list with a picture of what the rooster version would look like.  So the trick is we don’t know what he is and so until he grows up we won’t be able to select the winner. It just adds suspense.

Andalusian

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Lakenvelders

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Blue Laced Red Wyandotte

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Modern BB Red Games

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Buttercup

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Phoenix

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Dominiques

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Red Caps

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Dorkings

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Silver Leghorns

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Cream Legbars

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Silver Penciled Rocks

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Crevecoeurs

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Sumatras

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Egyptian Fayoumis

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White Laced Red Cornish

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Golden Campines

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White Faced Black Spanish

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Golden Laced Wyandotte

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Yokohama

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Golden Penciled Hamburgs

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White Polish

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Buff Polish

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Golden Polish

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Silver Polish

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Black Cochin

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Buff Cochin

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Partridge Cochin

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 Silver laced Cochin

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Blue Cochin

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Dark Brahma

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Buff Brahma

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All photos are from Murray McMurray Hatchery. This is not a sponsored post.
God Bless,
Darrick and Kay
City Folk Goin’ Country