Monday, November 16, 2009

Around the farm........

Another unusually warm November morning. It was quite humid and the fog was heavy. The fog was rising the same time as the sun. It was very beautiful and odd at the same time. We received 2+ inches of rain this past weekend. As much as I love the snow, I'm appreciative we are getting rain and balmy weather. It has given us time to finish fall projects without freezing fingers.
We have been planning to build a cow tie up and to use recycled stanchions that came out of an old barn. We had the time to work on it this weekend. Steve spent most of Saturday in the barn while I ran the shop. Sunday we worked together and finished up everything except for putting in the stanchions. We hope to finish it this coming weekend.

One stanchion will go into the space between the posts. The cows will have plenty of room to lie down and to eat and be comfortable and stay dry. They will stay in at night and during the day when the weather is miserable. It will be nice and toasty in the barn in the mornings :) Cows give off tons of heat and they smell good too.

This little fella hung around the barn on Saturday with Steve. His name is Chong and he is a Japanese silkie rooster. Sadly his buddy Cheech, passed away Friday morning. They are about 10 years old and were a gift I gave my husband years ago. They had the run of the farm and were sort of mascots. They are very entertaining to watch :) Chong seemed pretty lost on Friday and Saturday but today he is his normal self, hanging with the guineas and doing his usual patrol. I hope to find him a buddy before long.

~Thanks for visiting - stop in again soon~


Donna said...
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Donna said...

Hi Deb...enjoy your blog! Your'e right about the cows in the barn...they do have a certain smell and warmth that is us farmers! LOL
I used to have some Herefords and at times I do miss having cows, but I LOVE my little sheep! I envy you your updated barn, even if it is for the cows! I need to do some hard thinking this winter on just what we need to do next Spring/Summer (and probably Fall!)to upgrade our little barn and make it more workable for us.... aAnd of course there is ALWAYS the fencing!!! LOL

threecollie said...

Sorry for the loss of Cheech. You get so attached to the fowl that have the run of the yard...we are very fond of ours too.
You barn revamp looks terrific!

lisa said...

Things sure are coming along good. I am glad that the weather is holding out too. The hubby has next week off and we are hoping to get a lot of things done. LIKE THE BARN. Won't get it done but we will make a big improvement! Take care.

Deb said...

Hi Donna,
Thanks :) Your right - fencing never ends! I honestly can't remember how many times we have re-worked the inside of our barn to accomodate more something :) Thankfully it's big enough so we can do that. Time is always the hardest thing to fine enough of.

I'm keeping my eye out for a silkie hen for Mr. Chong. I think he would like that ;) Do you use stanchions in your barn?

My hubby has next week off as well. He is planning on hunting as some point. I hope he gets his deer on Saturday so we can work in the barn the rest of the week ;)
Good luck on the barn.

Callie said...

Sorry about the silkie. We really liked the ones we had, but they didn't do well in the cold winters. Barn looks great. The cows will be happy.

Sue said...

Wow, your silkie is gorgeous!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Beautiful pictures of the sunrise. I had a pair of white silkies when I was a kid and just loved them. What nice chickens.

DayPhoto said...

What a lovely post! I love looking at your farm and visiting with your animals!

Sorry about Cheech! 10 years is a LONG time for chicken! A LONG time.