|Do you remember how River likes to get herself stuck in places?|
She got herself stuck in the feeder yesterday.
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If you think it's fun to live on a farm, you're right.
If you think there are times when it isn't fun to live on a farm, you're right, too!
It's fall on the farm. It doesn't matter what season it is, there is always a lot of work to do. In the fall we do a lot of cleaning and repairing. We want to make sure things last through the winter weather. We want to make sure that the animals have clean, dry bedding (that's the stuff we put on the floor of the barn). I'm sure you would rather sleep in a dry bed than a wet bed!
|This is what it looks like under the chicken pen after a summer.|
We clean it in the spring, and again in the fall.
|Here's the first wheelbarrow of poop.|
|Here's the second wheelbarrow full.|
How many wheelbarrows do you think I filled and dumped in all?
|How many piles do you see?|
How many full wheelbarrow pictures did I forget to take?
|Here's what the same spot looks like all clean.|
Yes, I even brush the spiderwebs and dirt off the walls.
What tools did I use to clean the pen?
|I add a bale of shavings underneath because shavings make it easier to clean.|
You couldn't tell in the wheelbarrows, but we put a bale of shavings underneath in the spring.
|This is what the shavings look like when they are spread out a bit.|
|Here's what the coop looks like when it's back in place for the winter.|
The tarp keeps the wind away from the chickens.
The wire cage keeps the raccoons and mink away from the chickens.
|This hinge was broken and wasn't holding the door up.|
I had to screw the boards in the door back together,
and replace the hinges.
|I put two hinges on that look like this one.|
They are much stronger and will last longer than the old ones.
Now the door works much better!
|It looks like everyone enjoyed their drink of cider!|
I hope you are learning how to work hard, and to do things that aren't always fun. It's a great feeling to finish a job whether you liked the job, or not!
We all have things we don't like to do. The best thing is to just get to work and do it!