Sixty bales. That will do for a start. Straw is for bedding. Hay for feeding. In a mild winter like we had last year I did not need as much straw as the animals preferred to hang around outside. But we have calves due earlier next year so we need plenty of clean bedding on hand.
The straw is stored where the peahens live, so they were allowed out for a run. The grapes are looking good so I must not dally this morning, I need to get the pea hens back into their Peahen Palace before they find the grapes and eat them all up. They had a lovely day out yesterday though. Another month or so and then they are free again.
These naughty piggies, who were grazing in a field near by, saw me working with the broiler chickens and staged a break out. They lay on their bellies and one by one wriggled under the fence. Over to the ark they ran and played ring a ring a rosy around the little chickens house, grabbing the tarpaulin and shaking it as they ran around. The chicks went mad with fright. The sheep took flight and both the dogs were running to and fro not sure where to start the round up.
It took some time to sort everyone out and get them back where they were meant to be.
Daisy and Sheila watched from the sanctimonious height of mature behaviour and gravely shook their heads.
The chicks immediately forgot what had gone on and went back to eating. They are suddenly quite big birds. They have one month to go. I still think that raising chicken on grass for the freezer has to be the easiest and cleanest food enterprise so far.
The last two nights have been quite cool. Though we have had a very cool summer all up so I am not alarmed. The warmth will return. Summer is not over yet.
Have a lovely day.
your friend on the farm, celi