Things have been busy here on the farm.
Everyone appears to be shedding. The air is full of dog hair, horse hair and chicken feathers. I honestly never knew how much a shepherd could shed. Our rug upstairs looks like a stuffed animal exploded.
Ed has been busy taking down the old shed in getting ready for the new, bigger one. When I saw this going down I had to run out and take a video. The guys were disappointed that it didn't fall apart. I was shocked to see that it had a floor. I thought it was dirt. But that shed had been there for decades so was pretty sturdy.
Riding is going really well. Every one seems to consolidate things a little more. Even those that don't start all that good.
The chickens are moulting so egg laying is pretty scant and they are a bit grumpy. I found them today hovering under Irish's stall leaping on his feed.
Seems only fair, because it seems that Carmen has developed a taste for chicken feed. There have been a couple times when I have found Carmen out in the barn when I come in to do night feed. I always figured that I left her door unlatched. I'm pretty careful at night but a couple mornings ago I came in to find her loose in the barn. She looked at me and then went over to the container I have the chicken feed in (I have it in the barn until we rebuild the shed). Using her nose she flipped it up and grabbed a little. I was worried but I saw that she had just a little. I put her in and fed her breakfast. I then made sure that I put the feed in a different, inaccessible place.
Last night Ed and I were going out to dinner which makes it later when I do the night feed. So I gave them extra hay, checked her latch 3 times and then left. When I came home later I could hear hoofbeats in the barn.
Yup, she was loose in the barn. Clearly someone has figured out to open her stall.
Carmen: You were LATE. And I was STARVING. Sometimes a girl has to help herself.
The chicken feed was secure but there was a mess in the hay. It looked like she sampled each bale and emptied the wheelbarrow of hay. It wasn't a huge mess so I decided that cleaning was a tomorrow problem.
I fed the horses and then used some rope to tie her stall closed until I could fix it the next day.
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It's nice that everyone is working to keep me busy and entertained.