John has been working hard to get the winter barn, our other barn across the creek that is really a ditch, up to code for the winter. We prefer this barn for the animals in the winter as it has a dirt floor. The concrete floor in the home barn, like our temperatures, gets SO cold. Dirt is better. John has made new gates, patched walls, replaced corners and installed new windows – the maintenance on these old barns is never ending. But if we want to use the original barns then we need to work to preserve them.
Of course not everyone can go over to the West barn for the winter. Lady Astor, Alex (the new Dexter heifer) and Naomi will stay close to home for lots of training. Plus Tima and Tane the old married kunekune couple. And Sheila of course. My barn would be a misery without Sheila.
We have built Manu (the Hereford Boar) his own apartment, with an adjoining apartment for Poppy (the Hereford Sow) though she will not move in until January when she will be ready to begin another round of piglets.
Queenies Bobby, and Aunty Del have their own space in the barn with a concrete pad that leads out to the fields.
And Carlos IV (the Dexter bull) will join them when he arrives in a week – though initially he will be staying in the corner pen to get used to the smells and sounds of his new home. He is going to look very small against these two.
Manu (the Herford Boar) and Carlos IV (The Dexter Bull) will live in the palatial Winter barn for ever. The girls will come and go but this is the Boys Home. There is less disruption on the home farm if the men have their own pad. And when the time is right the girls will be trucked across to the boys to stay a while.
And here is Hugo’s last job. Stacking 50 bales of straw and 50 bales of good alfalfa hay into the West Barn.
And as an interesting aside it appears that beavers have moved into the creek that is really a ditch.
They will go about their work of cleaning up the waterways of weed trees and so forth and building their dams for babies in the spring and the ducks in the summer. I love it when wild animals camp close by.
I don’t know much about beavers (other than they mate for life) so I look forward to researching them. I would not mind seeing one sometime either – hopefully with Camera House in my hand! Thank goodness there are not fur trappers around here (I hope).
I hope you have a good day.