Good morning! I hope y`all brought your Muck boots and chore coats and are willing to lend some farm aid because this bright and sunny AM we`re going to go do morning chores! Yeah it would be cool to have had the other Farm-Aid wouldn`t it? I can just imagine John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson playing in my livingroom. *Drifts off into musical fantasy*
Ahem, yes, well my mental meanderings about Mr. Mellencamp aside let`s tug on our work gloves and get cracking shall we? This is a very picture heavy post just so y`all know!
First thing off we`ll take a minute to breath in some crisp fall air on the back porch.
Sure is pretty here in the mountains of Pennsylvania this time of year. Guess we had better get moving, I can hear the ducks protesting! They`re first on my routine. I let them out and fill up thier feeder and clean out thier bathtub.
Onto the geese! I shut the ducks pen door before letting the geese out because if I don`t the barnyard Mafia tends to muscle in and drive the ducks from thier breakfast.
After the geese are out and about then I head over to give them fresh water and thier breakfast. Clean bucket of water and a scoop of mash although the water doesn`t stay clean for long with the web-footed ones!
Allrighty, the ducks and geese are done! Now I grab a dish of goat grain for the bucks and fill the bucket once more for the boys.
Once the boys are situated then we`ll go and take care of the chickens since we`re getting the evil chicken eye!
Fresh water for the cluckers and then back to the feed can to fill up thier homemade feeder.
Ah boy, the chickens are eating the goose food!
Bet that don`t last long. Yup, here come the geese and there go the chickens!
After the uphill group is done I let the ducks out of thier pen and head down the hill. The goats are done in the evening so we don`t have to do the ladies in the morning. We do though have to grain the steers and feed the cowbarn chickens. Yup, we have chickens that don`t like the chicken coop and reside in the cowbarn. Those birds get a can of cracked corn tossed into the driveway every morning.
Hey ducks, don`t be eying the chicken food!!
Everybody wants what the other guy has I guess. Silly ducks. Okay, two scoops of grain for Sir Patrick of Moo and Bubba J who are waiting with baited cow breath since they are SO hungry and gaunt. *Rolls eyes*
And that there wraps up the morning chores! This is what I do 365 in rain, snow, ice and fair weather. As most of you know who have farm animals it is a job that sometimes we dread doing but must be done. The responsibility is ours as farmers to ensure our animals are cared for. Truthfully I`ve had people ask why...why would you want to get up every day and do all that?? Isn`t it hard work??
Yup, it is hard work. And sure, there are mornings especially in the winter when I would sooner shoot myself in the foot than bundle up and have to beat frozen water dishes and fall on my keister but the rewards far outweigh the drawbacks as far as I`m concerned. Later this week I`ll show you all the evening chores which will focus on the goats heavily but also the cows get thier goodies as well!
Now I`m thinking it`s just about time for some coffee! Who wants a fresh cup??