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Behind the Eight Ball

April 7, 2015
Brooder maintenance

Brooder maintenance

Project lists have a way of changing fast on the farm.  On my dream list, we will be able to get the greenhouses in shape for planting out.  Right now that means getting the grass away from the edges on the inside that seems to creep in when you’re not looking, or actually it happens when you’re not paying attention.  I need to get all this done before the cows go out for the grazing season, once that happens it’s heads down for me and the cows.  So enter a quick little windstorm a couple a weeks ago that pretty much had its way with the little chicken greenhouse/brooders.  Okay, the list got changed.  Build a new door for one, and put on a new cover on the other, those two things moved to the top of the queue.

Soil builds up pretty fast actually, so besides digging away the grass inside the vegetable greenhouse sidewalls, the grass outside the chicken greenhouses now needs to be dug up and disposed of too, just so we can get to the springlock and channel to replace the plastic.

Hen pecked compost

Hen pecked compost

I worked out a trade with the hens, for a treat I’ll bring you a wheelbarrow of yummy grass clumps with all kinds of good things, and in exchange I’ll dig down and take a load of henpecked compost for amending soil somewhere else.  Deal?

Barn lion in with the chickens

Barn lion in with the chickens

So it goes, the list never gets shorter, it just changes, new things get added, we re-sort the list and peck away.



18 Comments leave one →
  1. Fid permalink
    April 7, 2015 7:34 am

    The list never gets shorter: was there ever a more true statement?!

  2. Mich permalink
    April 7, 2015 9:35 am

    Ahh yes we have one of those lists too 😉

  3. Bee permalink
    April 7, 2015 10:27 am

    Around here we call it the “never-ending story” list…

  4. Terry gray permalink
    April 7, 2015 11:35 am

    Our list is often taken over by crisis management 😜

  5. April 7, 2015 1:02 pm

    I made a similar deal with my hens recently. Only we’re heading into autumn, so its weeds and clumps of grass. Only I’m keeping the compost in the hen house, because I’m planning to move the chickens in another coop soon, and will use the shade house they were living in to grow veggies. 🙂

    • April 7, 2015 2:16 pm

      Yeah, we’re just at the opposite ends of the seasons, I need to get the other space covered and these girls moved so I can get the new babies, and then usher them out before fall planting. But first one foot in front of the other…fall is a ways off for me. I sure could have done without that windstorm!

  6. April 7, 2015 1:57 pm

    Exactly. Sometimes the list seems shorter, but that usually means I added bigger items (“clean out barn”) instead of breaking it down into three or four more realistic parts!

    • April 7, 2015 2:18 pm

      That’s what I’ve been doing on the grass weeding in the greenhouse, 4 bow spaces equal one wheelbarrow of grass roots, etc, and that’s one “job” as long as I don’t look up and see the vast length of the greenhouse I’m okay :p

      • April 7, 2015 8:52 pm

        Oh yes! Head down is the way to go. I gave my chicks a load of greenhouse greens the other day too. Only we still have a caravan (trailer) in the greenhouse which doesn’t help.

  7. April 8, 2015 3:07 am

    Around here, DH refers to it as putting out fires. :)) He disregards my lists because he knows something will come along to derail progress on them. But most of the stuff eventually gets done, just not when planned.

  8. Lauren permalink
    April 9, 2015 4:53 am

    Was it just the angle or is your Barn Lion a Manx?

    • April 9, 2015 4:58 am

      Lauren, manx crossed with Siamese and ? We got her as a kitten, and only saw the mom. She was a Siamese with a 3 inch tail.

  9. April 21, 2015 2:29 pm

    Lovely barn lion!

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