Winding Down

house with welcome signIt’s so nice to come home and take a walk around the place and admire what we’ve accomplished in a short time.  I love where we live and I couldn’t be happier being there.

Fewer projects these days than what we’ve had going since we moved in last December…thankfully.  As we come down off the heat of the summer, and July and August being my least favorite months because of it, we have been finishing up fencing on the pastures.  Now the horses and even the dogs can run on the west side of the pasture.  The horses were having a great time running around.  There is more space on the west side than the east side pasture they’ve had before.  More grazing options, which is important.

The garden has run its course.  Zucchini was a huge bumper crop as it typically is.  Zucchini fries have become one of my favorite things to make fresh out of the garden too.  Very addicting!  This weekend we’ll dig up the carrots and I’ll get those done up for the winter, adding cut carrots to the freezer for cooking.  I’ll also keep some fresh ones around and cut up so the little dogs can snack on those.  They love them!

So much of what I do with the animals has been a learning experience.  No matter how much you try and prepare or how much you think you already know, something comes up you don’t know about.  For example, bumblefoot.  Never heard of it…until it happened to me.  Thanks to Facebook and one of its Ag groups I’m with, I was able to ask the question.  Apparently if the chicken gets something stuck in their foot or get cut, or their foot has trauma somehow, it swells up kind of like a blister look.  It can become or is a staph infection.  So I hit the store buying antibiotic ointment and spray, gloves, bandages, etc.  The chickens don’t like bandages so that didn’t work and was off right away.  I’m not one to do surgery on a chicken but I’ll certainly take care of them.  I was able to pull the scab off on the bottom, get everything squeezed out and applied antibiotic ointment.  I do it every night.  It’s working well and so far the response has been favorable.  I tell you what though, even though I wear gloves during the process, I sanitize my hands, then wash and scrub them good, and make sure I haven’t touched anything or anyone until I do.  I have a nice little set up now in the barn.  I had pea gravel and sand to their run to keep the mud down.  It was the little pea gravel that had worked in to a few of the chickens’ feet.  So more sand went down and the gravel was pushed along the sides of the run.  That seems to have solved that.  I felt bad for a few days.  Now I’m just trying to get them all back.  All part of the learning curve I suppose.

bumblefoot pic

With September here now, we turn our thoughts to getting all the logs we have cut up.  We have a wood shed that had wood to last through the winter last year.  We’ve got it all built up again but cutting, splitting, and stacking is still needed.  Because we tend to like things organized, we’ll clean it all out first then proceed to get it all organized in areas for kindling, small wood chunks, and larger wood chunks.  It won’t be long and we’ll be feeling cooler temperatures with snow behind it at some point.  We’ll be ready!

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