I slept until 7am, when the grey light of morning and the pacing hoofbeats of Lucy and Jackson woke me up. Brett starts waking up around 5 or 5:30 and is restless thereafter. We are normally up by 6:30. So, this morning felt deliciously luxurious.
After giving Kersey her medication and letting her out, I turn on my espresso machine, grab the chicken scraps, and head outside.
|All our kitchen scraps and leftovers go in here. The chickens eat well.|
After opening the hen house door, Kersey and I head to the barn. She's first up for breakfast, and it is devoured before I get the first buckets done. All the horses get a scoop of vitamin pellets and carrots. Tex gets magnesium to help him relax, Lucy gets magnesium and a joint supplement, Flash gets his arthritis medication - hidden in a fig newton.
|The prep table; carrots in the refrigerator to the left.|
|We converted a stall into the feed room.|
Pistol gets her bucket first. She leaves puddles of drool all over her pasture, anticipating breakfast.
Tex and Flash get their buckets next, and then I push the hay cart over to Lucy and Jackson's pasture. Lucy works up an appetite patrolling the fence line and urging me to pick up the pace. While she and Jackson eat their vitamins, I clean/muck their pasture. I mix 50% leaves with the manure, from the oaks which have carpeted much of the pasture, and then dump it in the compost bin. After turning it a few times, I will have amazing compost in the spring.
Next, I let the goats out; Bear, Cowboy and Whiskey head for the area where Tex and Flash dribbled and dropped vitamin pellets; Thistle heads straight for the hay.
While they are sorting that all out, I muck the pasture they share with Tex and Flash.
Then its back to Pistol's pasture to pick up manure there.
Back in the barn, I rinse out the vitamin buckets
and reload the hay cart.
Lastly, I walk down the driveway to the road and pick up the paper before heading into the house for that espresso.