Not much going on the farm with six-plus inches of rain in the last week. Jenifer tried to move our young laying flock to new pasture on Tuesday but when she hooked the log chains and tractor to the coop, it came apart because it was so rotten. Understandable since that coop was built about 20 years ago with untreated lumber. It has housed laying hens, broilers, sheep, and Holstein calves in various configurations. I think I can salvage about 40 percent of it for future projects.
We got the young hens transferred to a “new” old 8 by mobile pen and moved them to fresh grass finally on Thursday.
Jenifer had called me at work with questions about building a door for the new coop. I told her I would help her when I came home for lunch but she had already built a door and had it attached by the time I showed up.
Wednesday evening, she was in the barn looking through my pile of mess for something to make a door latch with when she noticed a six-foot black snake sharing the work bench with her about 18 inches away. She came back to the house to see if her screams had alerted the dogs, me, or the neighbors to call for help. Nope.
Dean Mullis writes from Laughing Owl Farm in Richfield; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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