$50 Collapsible Chicken Brooder – Lumnah Acres Inspired

This chicken brooder is simple to make, and will only cost you roughly $50. Possibly less depending on what you might already have lying around your house or shop. The brooder collapses completely, and is easily stored without taking up much space at all. Once the initial construction is complete, the collapsable brooder is assembled and taken apart with just 8 screws.

Heating Our Greenhouse With Compost – Part 1

Since we want to start using the greenhouse as early as possible this season, we have been researching passive heating methods that might be viable for a greenhouse in a climate such as ours in Manitoba.  Dave decided to build a compost bin out of an old dog crate and some slab wood to see if we could heat the greenhouse

Chicken Coop Poop Shelf Update

We found out quickly that in these temperatures the chicken poop below the roosts freezes quickly and would grow like stalagmites, messing with the deep composting method. So on a warm day in January we installed a poop tray.

Indoor Seed Starting Setup

In order to maximize what we are able to grow and harvest ourselves, we start planting seeds indoors under lights in January.  These plants are then large enough to begin fruiting in April when they get moved out to the greenhouse.  We continue seeding for our gardens right up until the last frost is expected, to make sure we have a productive plot of land.

Winter Chicken Coop Maintenance

We lucked out with a weekend above freezing in the middle of January. We used one day to let the laying hens outside to stretch their wings. We spread some old hay around their outdoor run and gave them some meal worms to scavenge for.

PVC Pipe Chicken Feeders DIY

We saw a picture of this DIY online and figured we would try it out and we are glad we did. In addition to keeping the poop out, they hold a lot of feed reducing the need to fill up their feeders as often.

Potato Towers

Potato towers are an excellent choice if you have limited space in your yard to grow food. While we have plenty of space here, we wanted to minimize the area we use to grow our potatoes. They’re relatively simple to build with the right materials.