That's the kind of day it was, a soup and cornbread kind of day! Predicted to be the coldest day of the year, and I only got 13 eggs from both sides, so the girls thought so, too.
Some of you asked last night (J and S from Cranky Puppy) about the components we were ordering for our greenhouse. We placed the order today, and I think I called the sheets we are using "Polypropylene". Rigghtttt. Here is what they are:
DescriptionOptimum Protection For Your Plants
Sunlight is necessary for plant growth, but too much direct exposure can damage, even burn plants. ThermaGlas SolarSoft polycarbonate covering allows the most nourishing light to shine through to your plants while keeping potentially harmful ultraviolet and infrared rays at bay. SolarSoft covering is optimized for 80% PAR light transmission (light used in the photosynthetic process) and 95% light diffusion (which means sunlight is scattered and distributed evenly among plants). Its impact resistant and virtually unbreakable design is made to stand the tests of weather and time.
- Superb thermal insulation saves energy
- Light weight
- Low flammability (available with CC1 rating)
- Easy to install using ordinary tools
- Capable of cold-forming to an arch
- Wide service temperature range
- 10 year limited warranty
- Diffused, softer light
- Less shadows cast by structural members and/or curtain systems
- Deeper penetration of light into the plant canopy
- 100% UV protection
The greenhouse is going to be 10 feet x 16 feet, and will be placed next to the henspa, so we can use the electricity and the water that are run there. There will be some shading in the afternoon from the shadow cast by the henspa, but we know from the heat in the hoophouse last year that this will actually help us. We are also going to buy shadecloth from the Shadecloth Store, where we got our covering for the henspa yard, if we need it.
We are buying the components from
The Greenhouse Megastore which you can find HERE.
We are going to buy some other things from them when we have everthing set up, but to give you a "for instance"... we did order the aluminum corners, end caps, ridges, and the hobby ventilation package.
Keith will put a door on it himself.
We will also do certain parts of the framing ourselves... and let's face it, I'll be holding things and handing things... I'm no builder.
We are going to tie it all down with mobile home ties instead of sinking piers, but set the ties in concrete.
We're also going to put a base inside of landscape fabric, landscape papers, and then gravel... 70 bags of it... so we don't have any weeds coming up inside like we did the hoop house.
In anticipation of this, I've been ordering seeds... so far, I've gotten my seeds from Baker Creek, from Thompson and Morgan, and in the next few days, from Burpee.
I'm stopping there for a while.
Here's our big boy out in the yard today... he was getting along pretty well. It's down to 18 right now, and will be going down to zero tonight. I have already emptied all the waterers except the one in the henspa that is on the heater base.
One of my biggest goals is to have the old henhouse rewired this year, so that all outlets can be used next winter, and we can put two heated waterers in there if we need to, one on the feed room side, and one in the coop side. We were able to do this before, but the wiring is almost gone, and only one outlet works reliably. We would like to strip all the drywall out from in there.
And speaking of the big henhouse, I have a bird showing signs of upper respiratory problems today... or rather, for the past three days. She was alone on the feed room side when I went in to dump the waterers... and I went back and got some VetRX to dose her with... she was pretty indignant. My feeling is that the low temp tonight will get anyone who is not in good shape... it's when we have historically lost weak birds.
Abby was ready to get back in but I will give her credit... she came outside three times and ran around in the bright sunlight .... and, as you see, we have plenty of buckets for water-carrying.
I saw a red-winged blackbird today at the flat feeder, so I KNOW spring is coming!