|Fourteen loads like this!|
|Where's my nest?|
|A little gab fest in the shade!|
|Like any kid: pigs love to run thru the sprinkler!|
In the meantime, in the heat, the Momma goats are finding some shade behind the chicken coop, on the edge of one of the shelter belts of trees. The Hens are under the trees in the most northern part of the shelter belt, just having a quiet gab. The Berkshires are being spoiled; we're filling waterers frequently in this weather and when we're in their vicinity we turn the hose on them, which they love! Took a few tries for them to get used to it, but now they come a running! That water also helps to replenish their wallow: rolling in mud is a natural instinct for them in hot weather!
In the meantime, as Farmer Man rakes out each pen and loads the debris in the tractor, I come along behind raking and sweeping the bits. Each pen will be given a good half hour to dry out a bit, then I sprinkle a mixture of baking soda with a good dose of lavender essential oil, which I mixed a few days ago. This will not only freshen the pen, but will help repel insects. First, though, I shooed the barn cats away because lavender essential oil is not good for them. Then a clean, fresh bale of straw will be broken into each pen, perhaps two in the larger Momma pen. We've been waiting on fresh straw from June's cut, because our previous load of straw, from last fall's cut, was not really up to par.
Although we feel guilty for not weeding this is a task that had to be done, and with the fresh straw available now was the time! We're looking forward to tonight's task....shovelling out the chicken coop!