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Getting the Hay In

18 Jul

Yesterday morning, my nephew came out and we got ready for the hay to be put in the barn.  He had to remove the round bale feeder (like the big compost pile it left in the middle) because we couldn’t get the hay in otherwise.

Since he had to come do that, he helped me with cleaning the barn out.  The pile he made is on the right side of the picture above.  It’s better in there, but I still have a pile that I will have to finish doing by hand because he couldn’t get it with the tractor.

Then I put the gate across the door to keep the llamas out because I’d had enough llama supervision the day before.

My nephew went out to rake the hay into windrows so it would be ready to bale.

The goats just went about their routine while he raked.

After he had enough done for the small square bales that I wanted, he just left the rake where he finished, and I took him to get the hayracks.

Then my dad came out to drive the tractor and my nephew stacked.  I had the easy job–photograph and bring them water to drink.

After my other nephew got off work, he came out to help stack and continue raking.

My dad left, but we gained my niece-in-law and my nephews’ uncle to help.

Since we weren’t unloading it all in the barn last night, I made sure everything was secure for keeping the goats on the west half of the barnyard.

Lily and LilyAnn

Moose

It looks a bit crowded with them all on that one side, but it was just for the night.

Then I got them their water.

Reva

We unloaded one hayrack before dark.  In the morning, my nephew brought out the borrowed elevator.

We unloaded the other four hayracks.

Now I should be good for the winter.

I better be.  We don’t need another winter like this last one.

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Supervisors and Bosses

16 Jul

My nephew came this morning and mowed the pasture.

Buster in front

Of course, the goats went out to check it out.  They are pretty easy as supervisors go.  They just want to make sure it still tastes good now that it’s cut.

As soon as they went out to inspect my nephew’s work, I decided it was time to clean the twine out of the barn before we put hay in it again.

It’s one of those jobs I always plan to do but never get around to it.  Well, it’s getting hard to get in and out of the door.  It had to be done.

I had no more than started when my bosses showed up.

back to front: Odie, Maybeline, and Tony

If only they were as easy as the supervisors the nephew had.  No.  These three demand more hay.

Tony

After I left to empty the Ranger, I came back to Odie telling me that she was not going to move.  She was planning on sunning herself right in front of the door.

Odie

Oh my.  These three are bossy. And Maybeline had a couple of trainees with her.

Osiris and Freya with Maybeline

I hope they aren’t so bossy.

Some of My Animals

15 Jul

Haley with Orpheus and Callipoe

Sky

Haley with Pluto, Orpheus, Anubis, Pandora, Freya, Jimmy P, and Osiris

Tony

the young peacock

Casey