This weekend Jennfer and two of my cousins (Blake and Aaron) went out to the farm to straighten up some things. Though we haven't yet closed on the property we've already been given the go ahead by the owner's to do some painting and cleaning.
The boys and I tackled clearing the shop building of years and years of leaves and garage garbage (mufflers, engine valve stems, beer bottles, etc.). It was dirty work but the shop building is in much better shape now. We plan on pouring a concrete floor at some point and adding overhead doors.
We also spent some time clearing the backyard of leaves and brush. It was here that we encountered the dreaded tick. We came back into Springfield in the evening and I went into the bathroom to check for ticks. I was infested! Ok, maybe not infested but there were 4 or 5 on me. I had to have Jennifer check me out. This did not make for a happy geek.
So in typical geek fashion we have to figure out a way around the problem of ticks. The solution is to get some guineas. Jennifer and I did some searching and we came upon some neat sites covering caring for and raising guineas. Frits Farm has some interesting reading on the friendly fowl including a step by step guide for raising guineas and pictures of different hen houses.
Unlike chickens guineas won't destroy gardens whiling eating undesireables like ticks, Japanese beetles, and other critters. The sound like an interesting animal to get to know and can help solve a problem at the same time, naturally.
That's one thing I've been looking forward to, the constant state of learning I'll be on the farm. Most associate geeks to technology, and while typically that's true I think true geeks just like to learn how to solve new problems. I think I've got tick problem all figured out. As soon as we get out on the farm I'll probably be building a little hen house and we'll be in the market for some keets (baby guieneas).
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