Repairing the Cars Exhaust, Prepping and Planting a Grow Pen and Blocking Off the Rodents

Wednesday April 10, 2019 Guerneville CA.

Sunny spring day

I got it going today and went out and fed the chickens first thing.

Noisy car

My car has been getting a bit noisy lately so I knew it needed some work on the exhaust.

I jacked up the car and put it on jack stands and then checked out the exhaust pipes. I found this bolt missing and the other bolt was loose.pipe


Stripped out bolt

I hunted through my bolts and found one that would work but when I tried it I found the treads were stripped out in the engine so that wouldn’t work. I hunted some more and found a bolt that the treads were just a bit larger in diameter than the one that came out of there. It threads into aluminum which might be soft enough so I thought I’d try putting the larger bolt in without tapping it out and it worked. The new bolt tightened up and I think it’s good to go.

Nesting hen

I’ve been checking on my broody hen to see how she’s doing sitting on the eggs. When I first checked this morning she had two of the eggs sitting on the side so I thought maybe I had put too many eggs under her. I put nine of them. But when I checked a bit later the eggs were back under her. She’ll do the best she can but I think I might have put too  many eggs under her as she’s a small hen.

Here she is doing her thing sitting on the eggs in her special nesting box. I have a top I put on it as they like to be in dark spots to nest.hen


Ken visits

Ken came by around noon or so for a visit and to get some fresh eggs. We sat around and shot the bull for an hour or so then he got his eggs and took off for the park up the road for a walk. I had a little nap.

Prepping a grow pen for planting

With spring coming on fast I thought I better get a grow pen ready to plant some seeds.

I decided to start with this pen first. It needed to be dug up.growpen


So I dug it up a bit turning all the dirt over once.dugup


Then I threw some of my feed seed in there, some milo and millet so some would fall down in the cracks and I put two loads of woodchips in there too as the soil is a bit hard and I’d like it looser so it’s easier to dig up.chips


Chickens finish the job

Once the woodchips where in there I let the chickens back in to scratch things up a bit. I figured a lot of the seed would be buried by them as I want it to grow.chickens


All that digging tired me out so a good break was in order.

Blocking rodent entry holes

Toward evening I worked on patching up this spot that goes under the house where rats and mice can get under the house. Somehow they are getting into  my attic so I need to find out where they are getting into it so I figured I’d block any known holes that go under the house. I still have one hole open on the other side of the house that I’m keeping an eye on with my camera.

Here’s the part that needed to be blocked up.ratholes


A bit of cutting and screwing and I think I have the hole blocked off.holefix


I cleaned up after that job and that was pretty much my day.

Nice day.

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One Response to Repairing the Cars Exhaust, Prepping and Planting a Grow Pen and Blocking Off the Rodents

  1. George Yates says:

    Always nice to get those small chores out of the way and some exercise at the same time.

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