Yes, time really does pass quickly when you’re having fun or is that when you get old? Well either way it sure goes by too soon for me. I enjoy sharing this wonderful life I live and as things happen my thoughts go to “I want to share this event.” Then I get out of the humidity and heat to cool down a bit and the next thing you know it is nap time or maybe even time to think about what to have for the evening meal. Each day goes that fast and the extra work with all this rain is not making it any simpler. Not complaining mind you. This is my recreation or hobby so to speak. I guess you’ve noticed I’ve used the singular tense talking about all this fun.
This is one of those self photos taken with my Iphone. I’m on the tractor waiting for the Jefferson County 4-H children to come for a tour. We always give them a hayride. They are such a delight. Their favorites are always the chickens and the big dogs.
The daily routine
It is now 6:37 AM and my brain functions somewhat better early in the day. It is not unusual for me to wake at 4:00 AM. I start some coffee, let a couple of dogs outside, see if a load of wash needs to be done, spiff up the kitchen a little and then sit down at the computer to plan. Oh yeah, feed four cats staring at me through the back door. How did I get four cats? There is really a fifth one out there but he hates me and he doesn’t join the rest of the menagerie. Anyway that is the normal beginning of each day. Now what is all that rain we begged for adding to the daily routine?
Parasites and Hoof Rot
First I have to be aware of the increase in these two problems with any livestock although I’ve not had any serious hoof problems all these years, the parasites are another story. Anything with feet on the ground and eats within six inches of the dirt is subjected to parasites overload. We do everything we can to manage our flocks and herds naturally. That mainly means pasture management by not overstocking or letting them graze within four inches of the ground and moving them to clean pastures whenever possible. The youngest kids and lambs are most vulnerable so they take a lot of time and care. The best thing we do is breed for parasite resistance. All animals have parasites including us. It is managing the load that keeps them healthy.
The poor chickens have had a time of it also. The coop has had (notice the past tense) an enclosed yard with chicken wire on top to keep the hawks from coming in for a treat. Well that wire has accumulated pine needles and cones over the years but does nothing to keep the rain out. Normal rainfall has not been and issue but an inch or more in an hour wrecks havoc. Although we let the chickens out each morning, they come in throughout the day to their nests to lay eggs and just hang out for naps and such. And if you have never walked (slipped around that is) in wet chicken litter, you just don’t know what you are missing. Collecting eggs every day has been hazardous to life and limb. So I asked Fred if we could buy some cheap (not really cheap) corrugated plastic roofing…..now the girls and two guys have a luxurious covered patio area to congregate and cluck happily. What a difference.
By the way, does anyone need any chicken compost? We are happy to share. Contact me and bring your own plastic container. It is free but I don’t gather it for you.