I was planning on scooping out the barn pens today but am wore out after yesterday. So instead I have been doing more minor farm chores, like ordering supplies, rinsing the water containers, cleaning the rabbit hutches, sprinkling a portion of the pasture, watering the garden, harvesting some fruits and vegetables and washing wine bottles. I also took the time to photograph our animals eating baked goods.
About 2 weeks ago I picked up a rack of breads, rolls, cookies, and donuts from our local Franz Bakery outlet. These were passed their “Best By” date and can only be fed to farm animals. I got a pickup bed full for $27. I filled every bit of refrigerator and freezer space we have and still had three large garbage bags full. I had to use our produce stand refrigerator (sorry egg customers!). We first fed the garbage bag goods and since have been trying to get the produce stand refrigerator empty again. The critters are loving it. Here are some of them enjoying their treats.
Happy Sneezy and Dopey
goats and sheep
At this point I noticed the ominous sky overhead with circling raptors. I enticed the chickens close to the barn and gave them their treats there. The raptors then disappeared.
Chickens and geese
Bob, our ancient wether
Wink and Wendel
Although it has been somewhat stressful trying to feed all this food before it goes bad, it could not have come at a better time. Our drought has really slowed our grass growth and any feed supplementation is quite welcome.
is what Tom called today. Here is some of the hay we purchased and had to haul home in 5 trips.
And here is the last of the ~10 tons we moved into our barns today.
And here is our hay barn full of hay. Our hay loft is also full. It is always a good feeling knowing you have a winter’s worth of hay secured in your barns.
In other news, Tom is finally starting to drink the cider that he put in the keg I bought him for his birthday last January. Here is the keg with the CO2 tank hooked up to it.
And here is what Tom called the “Deck’s Share”.
That made me laugh.
We received 0.25 inches of rain yesterday. That is the first measurable rain we have received since 6/29/15. We are in a major drought here without grass growing. Our usual hay provider did not have any hay for us this year, and we have been scrambling. We found 5 tons of $10 per bale hay up Highway 20. Today Tom found 10 tons at $10.50 per bale that we will pick up tomorrow. It is supposed to rain tomorrow so we will attempt to put the hay in our hay loft and hay barn between showers. This is somewhat ironic. I am really worried about the livestock of Skagit County, if their owners will be able to get hay for them to feed them through the winter. But at least ours will have enough good quality (but expensive) hay.