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Cleaning the Barn

10 Dec

While the weather was nice on Sunday and since it wasn’t too horribly muddy but still too wet to do a lot of things on the farm, he decided it was a good day to clean out my barn.  He actually got to borrow the skidsteer this time.

He used it to get the manure out of the barn and dump it into the spreader in my field.

It’s a lot smaller than the tractor, but it still fills the barn up pretty good.

Especially when he has to back it out.  I’m glad he’s the one that was driving it.

He managed to get a pretty good load on the spreader.

When he finished cleaning it out, he switched tools from the bucket to the hay tines.

Then he brought in a cornstalk bale.  I cut the wrapping off, and then he shook it loose.

Then he backed up and shook more off.  It worked really  well.

Then the goats decided that their new bedding was really delicious.

Astra even found some corn.

This was a good job to get done before this week’s cold weather.

They Aren’t Helping

15 Aug

We finally woke up to some rain on Monday morning.  We didn’t end up with a lot, but it was enough to keep the goats and llamas in the barn most of the day.

Aurora (a couple of bucks just before they left) and Maybeline in back

That means I didn’t get to do any scooping.  That’s okay.  I kept busy with making cheese and preparing and freezing beans and making zucchini chips.  Tuesday would be better!

But, Tuesday morning started foggy.  It was so wet that it felt like it was raining even though it wasn’t  That means the goats were in the barn again.

I can’t scoop with them in the barn because some of them act like I’m going to use the potato fork on them.

Cupid

Others want to know where their treat is or just rub their face up and down my backside (seriously Casey).

Harley and Casey

Still others seem to think the spot I need to scoop is a nice place for napping.

Mary with Tootles and Bubbles

Again, I kept myself busy with canning and preparing and dehydrating foods.

chevre draining

By late morning, they went out to pasture and I could get some scooping done.  Sadly, my deadline of going back to work is getting here faster than I would like, but it will be done! How do I know that? Yesterday, we had unseasonably cool weather and the critters went out to pasture early, so I took the opportunity to work on the last section.  It’s done!

All I have left to do is touch up the floor and clean out the manger in the second section (behind Hera and Gidget) and put down a layer of cornstalk bedding.

Hera and Gidget

I think it will fit on the spreader.

Seriously, theis is the second full spreader from the barn.  Those llamas really need to keep their poop piles out of the barn.

I Missed My Deadline

7 Aug

I am still scooping the barn.  That means I missed my self-imposed deadline of the first of August.  I’m trying, but it’s been hard. When we had the excessive heat warning, I was checking animals, and didn’t really get anything done.  Then I spent time with the family while my nephew was back from Indiana.  I had to spend a day shopping for doors and getting feed. Then I was right back to scooping, and I got the manure spreader filled!

When my nephew took the spreader to empty it, he asked if it would be in our way for baling hay.  Should he bring it back?  Of course, my knees and elbows suggested he wait until after we got done making hay.

Maybeline checking out the hay

Then I went and sat with my great-nephew so my nephew could bring the spreader back (Grady was not happy his dad left).

I immediately began scooping again, but I just keep getting interrupted.  I have to keep an eye on Tony, so my bucks are safe.

Tony Llama

There’s all the care for my goats–Fionn and Peanut are getting lots of care.  I am cutting grass (with scissors) for Peanut.

Peanut eating freshly cut grass.

It’s helping.  Fionn is gaining his weight back, and he’s even starting to get a bit of pink to his eye membranes.

Fionn

I had to give everyone another round of copper.  Most of them took it in a peanut, but I had seven that I had to catch and use the pill pusher.  But I’m done with that now!

Anubis was my last goat to get copper!

I’m working to keep Tinkerbell’s head out of the fences.

She made me go for a “Ranger ride.” It was terrifying!

That included an incident which involved my face hitting Tink’s horn.  I decided I shouldn’t throw manure when it was going to blow back onto my face while the cut was still oozing.

It’s better now, but sweat still hurts, and I tend to have sweat running down my face when I’m scooping the barn out.

Then there’s walking Pluto out to pasture because he can’t figure out that he should go out when everyone else does.

I also had to take a break from scooping because I was checking on Maybeline and noticed she had a wad of chicken wire stuck in her tail.

Maybeline

I got that removed.

It’s just been really, really busy.  I’ll have to tell you about more of my distractions tomorrow.  I’m still making progress though.

It will be done before I go back to school.