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More Scooping

23 Jun

When there was a break in the rain, my nephew came and moved the manure spreader from the barnyard to my driveway.

It was time to finally clear out the garage.

I made a lot of progress.  Some will have to wait until I get the boards out by fixing the birds’ pen.

It took forever for the floor to dry because we are so humid.

I seriously have way too many things going on.  I am still trying to figure out what to put at the base of the pen, down into the ground.  You can see the gap where the chickens scratch in the dirt.

I tried working on the pen again, but every time I tried to do something, I had three young bucks running me over begging for food.

Frodo and Benji. I did not call to them; they heard me climb the fence.

Even Xerxes comes to see if there’s food.  He will usually go back to lounging around as soon as he sees I don’t have any tasty treats.

Frodo and Benji tails (nibbling on me), Freddie and Xerxes

They are so funny.

Summer Projects

2 May

I have quite a few projects in the works right now.  Some I’ve already started, like cleaning twenty-four years of excessive stuff out of the house and buildings.  I keep filling the dumpster.  My hope is that when I get done with the basement, I can get someone here to do some waterproofing.  Our recent rains have reminded me how much I need to get that done.

The board is new after the derecho; the water stains are from our recent rains.

I also need to do something in the front of my house where it’s currently mud.  I think, for now, I want to put strawberries there.  I might even try some rhubarb.

I also need to find a time next month to finish my deck now that it’s had time to cure.

Sky

Now that I have the goats out of the garage, I need to clean it out.  Seriously.  I am tired of my garage being a barn.

I also need to get the Ranger worked on.  It won’t keep running.  Hopefully, my son will find time to get it fixed because I need it to do some projects like cleaning up the barnyard.

I have a lot of old posts and limbs that need to be hauled up north and burned.

Most of this is from derecho cleanup.  It will be a massive bonfire.

Another big project is working on the birds’ building/pen.  To do that, I had to start by hobbling the greenhouse to put the birds in it.  My dad came and helped me with the last little bit of hobbling, and then my mom came the next night to help me catch the birds.

These two brown leghorns are totally wild things.

peacock

goose

Then I want to clean and make the outside pen much more secure again.  I also want to remove the part of the outside pen that has a limb in it.  I’ll return it to the north paddock for the goats.

We got everyone moved!

Add to the list regular yard work, planting my garden, and a two-week genealogy road trip, it’s looking like it’s going to be a super busy summer.

No Goats in the Garage

28 Apr

I had been trying to share the front pasture between the bucks and the two girls.  It sorta worked, but I had to get the girls back in the garage so the boys could have shelter every time there was rain.

Venus and Cody

Finally, after the storms on Saturday, the forecast called for five dry days.  They were still a bit cooler than our average, but they weren’t freezing.  That means Sunday morning, it was time to get the goats out of the garage.

Venus and Aphrodite

I just grabbed Sappho and a pitcher of sweet feed and the two moms followed.  Then I had to go back and get Cody, but it was pretty easy moving them.

Venus and Cody

Aphrodite and Sappho

They will enjoy it.  In a week or so, I’ll be able to move them with the rest of the herd.

Aphrodite and Sappho

I still have the old ladies up there because I failed at trying to get Haley and Flower back with the main herd.  I’ll try it again when I put Aphrodite and Venus with them.

Venus, Aphrodite, Flower and Haley enjoying sweet feed

Sadly, Coral is not improving.

Coral (she really isn’t even eating the sweet feed anymore)

I keep babying them.  We’ll see how long I can keep it up and give them any quality of life.