An almost free hay shed

Between the square-ish round pen and the new farm office, We. Are. So. Tired. Of Spending. Money. So when it came time to move the horses to their winter pasture, the same issue as the last two winters came up yet again (odd, that). How to keep hay dry and edible? And stay solvent while doing so?

The solution that has worked well for us in the past is to feed twice a day or bring out tons of hay and know they will waste a lot. However, I wasn’t pleased with their body condition this past spring so I don’t think they were getting enough, and there are still those rainy days when they will never eat fast enough before some hay is simply too wet for their majesties.

So after letting my mind wander and referencing Pinterest for awhile, we came up with a workable solution. It’s ugly, but it works.

Here, you see two corral panels, recycled from the old round pen cattle alley; two cattle panels stolen borrowed from the garden; a section of PVC we found in the pasture; copious amounts of wire ties; and six recycled t-posts. I had a tarp as well that I had never used before, but it was way too small, so we had to purchase a $15 tarp last weekend 😡. So, so close to being no active out of pocket money spent!

Then, we needed somewhere to keep the hay since we don’t have a round bale feeder for horses. So my husband brought home some used pallets from work, we cut them down so the horses can reach the bottom, and tied it all together with baling twine.

We have been feeding from the remainder of a round bale we had in the barn, just to make sure they didn’t demolish the entire structure in a day. However, I am confident an entire round bale will fit in here and so far it’s worked great. So, if no one tells my horses how registered, fancy horses are fed their small batch alfalfa hay from gold plated hay bunks, I’d appreciate it.

The Farm Office

No, not the back of my SUV where I store grain pails, feed, and my saddle by turns. A real life, climate controlled (sort of) office! All I usually talk about is my outdoor life, but we do spend some time indoors outside of sleeping. In fact, I’ve been home based for work since last summer and I’ve finally moved out of the living room into my own space.

Our house originally had a garage where the den is now, and through the course of events, a sunroom was added after the garage was transitioned and a carport added. The sunroom was really a selling point of the house for me, but we knew it would need a ton of work to be useable.

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The Square(ish) Round Pen

I was a pretty good student throughout school, but I detested math. It did not come as easily to me as other subjects, and it just wasn’t fun. I remember my geometry teacher in 8th or 9th grade as being a really likable guy, I know I passed the class, but I really can’t remember much about the content. Same for algebra. When would this ever impact my life? Just another example of God’s sense of humor I suppose.

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Swimming in Butter

-ery yellow chicks. We hatched out chicks all summer of 2020, and have been thrilled with our hatch rates! The last hatch of 2020 consisted of 22 eggs, of which 20 hatched! I sell quite a few hatching eggs as well, and have received positive feedback on hatching rates from buyers.

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Who Needs Google Earth (Definitely Me)

I can only equate google earth aerials updating to waiting for a holiday as a kid. Except, you knew when the holiday would come (except Memorial and Labor Days, those are always surprises). I have watched the aerial views pretty close since we started major renovation projects, just waiting for new updates so I can have a birds eye view of all the progress we have made. Except, Google Earth hasn’t updated since 2018, and there has been a lot of blood, sweat, and tears poured out on this land since then.

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Buff Orpington Hatch

This will be a short post. I’m tired and it’s been a long weekend. But, they are hatching! We have a flock of Buff Orpington chickens, and I specifically picked orpingtons because they are supposed to be quite broody in nature and friendly. Yet, at a year old, I have had exactly one hen go broody and it was in the fall so we shook her out of it.

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Measuring progress in fence posts.

Spring may be my favorite time of year. Blooms, sprouts, and longer days! We are wrapping up a project that has been on the to do list pretty much since we moved in: redoing the fence along one of the roadsides that adjoins the main pasture.

On the bright side, google told us this stretch was 900+ feet, when in reality it is only 870 or so. When you’re setting fence posts every 10 ft, every little bit counts.

So, exactly what is included in redoing a fence line? Buckle up, it’s a long ride.

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