Sunday, October 30, 2011

Baton Down the Hatches

Have you been following the news about that crazy snow storm? I’m not ready. Not even close. We've stepped up the pace and put the fall chores in high gear. Cleaning the chicken coop is a major undertaking; it is the most daunting task of the season.

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The dust and cobwebs have to be swept, the nest boxes washed and the pine shavings removed. It’s a lot like cleaning out a giant litter box.

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It is no fun but has to be done to keep the chickadees healthy and happy. Not to mention making my visits with Sammy more enjoyable.

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Now that it is finished I can move on to cleaning the barn. The sheep, alpacas and llamas all still need their pedicures and a couple of the boys need to have their “procedure.” Then we’ll be ready for the long winter’s nap. After we get more hay… oh and we need to drag out the tank heaters…

I keep working but my to-do list isn’t getting any shorter.

6 comments:

The Chickens' Auntie said...

I cleaned out my chicken coop two weeks ago when they began *hinting* snow here in Michigan. I, too, was glad to cross that job off my list. Then did we get snow? NO!-- but my son in DC did. I know it will be here soon enough.

Karen Patrick said...

Glad it's you and not me. Yuck.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

We try to clean our coop every week or so. Makes it quite a bit easier. Snow? Brrrrrrr.

Betty Lou said...

I think your chickens will appreciate their new clean home and be cozy come winter.

imagrandma2five said...

I cleaned out the coop last week. After shoveling most of it I use the shop vac to suck up the rest. Makes it a lot less dusty and a lot quicker!

Windy Meadows Farm said...

Coop cleaning is on our weekend to-do list as well...followed by the barns. It's busy, but a good feeling to get started and then wrap it up. I do admit, I'm looking forward to the quiet time after the harvest. (Need a bit more time to focus inside our home and not yard & garden!)