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Done Trenching

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We had a variety of options available to work on yesterday, but chose to stay with the project to bring electricity to the chicken coop. It seemed as though the chickens were wondering when we were going to show up. When I stepped out of the house, they were all up near the front door.

I turned back to warn Cyndie, because she was bringing Delilah out with her. Despite a recent occasion when I was distracted while holding the leash and Delilah jerked violently in an attempted chase after the chickens, Cyndie reports a series of well-behaved, closely supervised, successful passes between dog and chickens.

Delilah is acutely aware of the chicken’s presence as Cyndie leads her past for a walk.

Despite the third consecutive day of abnormal heat for September, we braved the blazing sun to complete the trench to the barn. That was not an easy feat, because the last stretch crossed an area where we had laid down a lot of gravel for the driving path extending beyond the back of the barn.

To put it mildly, it was rather unforgiving. That’s great news …for a road. Not so great for trench digging.

Once inside the barn, we routed the cable to the circuit breaker box on the far side. That was about the extent of energy we had left to offer. Final connections will wait.

The hard part is complete.

We are done trenching, thank you very much.



Written by johnwhays

September 25, 2017 at 6:00 am

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  1. Well, maybe not quite done: from the pic, you need to fill in the trench. But there is the satisfaction of getting the job done and knowing that you have power to the coop for whatever options you go with. I’m curious about how any internal wiring or the like would be accessible to the chicks. Never had chickens, so I don’t know how they might peck and bother things. Would hate to read about a fried chicken!


    September 25, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    • Ah, the picture was from earlier in the day. Trench is filled! The big satisfaction for me was getting the wiring buried before the ground froze, since I’ve been planning to do this for most of the summer.
      The wire comes up in a corner stud to the storage area above the nest boxes, where the outlet box will be mounted –out of reach of chickens, just in case they took interest in pecking. Good question.
      Prime season for a drive in the country… Come visit and explore our paradise first-hand! Would love to have you and any family or friends you’d like to include…
      A Second Sunday open house maybe?


      September 25, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      • John, I appreciate the offer, but I’ve some medical issues that prevent me from taking you up on your kind offer. So I experience Wintervale vicariously through the blog and it is almost like being there!


        September 25, 2017 at 8:58 pm

      • Sorry to read that, Ward. As a result, you’ve inspired me to always strive to do this place better justice with photos and details of the nuances of what it is like here.
        I’m honored that you are following along.


        September 25, 2017 at 9:37 pm

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