New Arrival

lil-chickOne of many coming within the next week… that Rooster has been a busy boy!


New Roo

Problem: Broody hens, and running low on golf balls.


This handsome Buff Orpington Rooster named “DekaRoo”. Found him on Craigslist for $10. Well behaved, experienced, a leader…

We’ll be expecting to see chicks in about three weeks…

Papercrete Test Panel

So here is our test for a papercrete wall panel.

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We built a form 20″ x 20″ (dimensions were based on largest size of available materials for a form… i.e. being cheap and using stuff in the scrap pile)

Form material list:
(1) 20 ” x 20″ OSB board
(4) 2″ x 2″ for sides
cling wrap so papercrete doesn’t stick to OSB

Papercrete mix ratio 2:1 (Paper to Portland cement) The mix consistency was like wet oatmeal and we worked it into the mold by hand and troweled/hand-patted it to smooth it out.

Results are pretty encouraging. It’s been drying for three days and is about 1.5″ thick. The next test is a 4′ x 8′ panel. Stay tuned.