Kittens Have Been Spotted

The mother cats had their litters behind the big hay stack in the barn. I had gotten a glimpse or two the other day, shortly after seeing a few of them, the mothers moved them from the barn to the boards stacked up under the tin roof of the shop.

Daily, we see the mother cats allowing the kittens to travel farther and farther from the safety of the stack. It is hard to get a good count but it looks like there are about 6 kittens all shades of black with one being a dark colored calico with one white back paw.

It is a communal arrangement with both mother cats coming and going for nursing and bathing duties.

With double the milk supply available, the kittens are growing rapidly at this stage and soon will be outside most of the time. We try to touch and talk to the little ones every day so they are not totally feral. We need them to trust us so we can use them at the barns to control mice and rats.

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Rocking the Roads

With the weather now changing from dry late summer to wet fall, we are finished with all that can be done to rock the roads that we use during the winter to haul hay from the barns to the outdoor feeders.

The piles of rock have all been smoothed out and we have packed the road down with equipment.

Winter rains will soon tell if the path will be able to hold up through the season.

Arrival at the Fair

It takes several hours to load all the gear needed to care for the show string. It takes longer than that to unload all the gear and prep the stall area for the animals to reside during the duration of the fair.

Signage for the farm and individual stall cards for each animal are required for the show. We also like to include some educational information for the public.

Once the show barn is filled with animals, the fans are needed to keep the air flowing. These big animals create a lot of heat and it is amazing how fast the barn can get uncomfortable for animals and people. The fans sound like small jet engines and the barns turn from tranquil buildings to humming/vibrating vortexes.

Poop Report

Green John Deere tractor pulling a full maunure spreader out through field.‘Into every life some poop must fall…’ I think that is the way the old line goes, especially on the farm.

It is a constant battle to keep the barns clean even though we don’t have the cows in there all the time.

Today was barn cleaning because the 100% rain that was predicted held off until the evening. We ended up pulling four loads of manure out of the one barn on this day. Once the manure is in the ‘honey wagon’ it is spread out on the hay fields as fertilizer. The rains will break down the thick manure and the nutrients will give the grass a good shot of nitrogen to grow quickly as the weather warms a bit.