Another day older and deeper in debt…
Thomas and I did the majority of the hay moving today as Tom is still one handed. Tom was the hay elevator mechanic as it broke down twice. Above is when the gear reduction chain broke. Tom had to drive to town to get a master link for it. So Thomas and I manually stacked 3 tons of hay in the hay barn while Tom was gone.
Below is when the lift chain broke in two places rather dramatically. One link needed to be replaced, and the chain hammered back together and then forced back into the socket. Good times!
We had an unexpected visitor in the afternoon in the middle of all of this. A pigeon showed up in our barn. It turns out he is a Canadian racing pigeon. He is probably exhausted, but we were worried maybe he was injured. He is now in a cage with water which he drank well and some grain. I contacted the Canadian Racing Pigeon Union with his tag number and hopefully can reach his owner. But per their web page we may be able just to release him after a couple of days rest and he may be able to resume flying home himself. (I actually do not know if it is a he or a she).