Saturday, March 22, 2014

Spring Cleaning

It has been another nasty week on the homestead. We  just can't seem to catch a break. It has rained almost daily and though a warm day here and there, it has stayed very cold. We are so far behind with our farm chores it is starting to overwhelm us.
Yesterday we finally were able to get the sheep off the hay pasture and fertilize. It was wet, but rain was again in the forecast for Sunday and it had to go out. This should have been done mid-February!
Today was all about getting the barns cleaned out, yet another long overdue chore. Hay was so deep on the floor I was having problems opening gates. The barn was scraped out and all the hay, shavings and manure were piled to start the composting process.
All barns are now neat and tidy. Ready for lambs and the rest of the goat babes.
The previous year's compost was then hauled to the garden and spread out to dry. Black gold! My sister called to say she never thought she would have envied any one's poop but today she did!
Lastly the brooders were set up, cleaned and inspected for the meat chicks set to arrive next weekend. A few replacement parts will have to be ordered and a new floor for one will have to be built.
And at the end of the day there were two tired people and one VERY tired baby malinois...

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