Flood Zone

We don’t really live in a flood zone, unless a pipe breaks.

I went out to the barn to do the chores last night. It was dark because I was heading out a little later than usual. There was a really big puddle in front of the barn door and my first thought was that I forgot to turn the hose off in the morning.

The hose was definitely not running.

Chuck and Teancum must have been playing around in the pasture and broken the pipe. I think the water must have been running for about 4 hours to fill the pasture with enough water that it started draining into the west side of the barn.

The water had soaked into the grassy parts of the pasture by this morning.
There are still a few muddy spots and puddles left where there is only dirt.

Good thing its autumn and it’s not hot right now! A few days with no water on the pasture won’t cause any trouble.

The pipe needs to be fixed, but we can do that on Saturday. There’s no rush to get it done today.

It’s still pretty muddy by the fence!
I don’t care if it’s muddy because I have cute boots for the barnyard this fall!

The cow shed and the hay barn are up on small hills so the animals had a dry place to sleep, and we didn’t loose any hay. That would have been a little frustrating since we just unloaded 100 bales of hay in the dark on Monday night.

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I keep any eye out for things that are a little unusual in the barnyard. That’s how I noticed the flood.

It’s also how I figured out where the sneaky chickens are laying their eggs!

If you look really, really closely you can see some feathers poking out of the top of the hay stack.
Feathers belonging to some chickens….
who have been hiding their eggs in the little spot between bales!

I’ve been noticing fewer eggs for the last few days. I wasn’t sure if it was because the chickens are molting (loosing their summer feathers) or because they found a new hiding spot for their eggs.

If you like Easter Egg hunts, then you might like living on a farm because it’s like an Easter Egg Hunt almost every day! I was really excited to finally figure out where they were hiding them!

The chickens aren’t really sneaky, they just want to find a safe spot to hide their eggs. That’s really pretty smart.

Chickens roam and wander all over the barn yard and pasture to look for bugs. Sometimes they end up in the neighbor’s pasture, too. But they usually lay their eggs in a protected spot like nesting boxes or hiding places in the hay stacks.

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It’s almost time to press cider!

We’re so excited!

The orchard we got to pick apples in is wild!
It hasn’t been taken care of for a few years.
We don’t care how wild it is!
We were allowed to pick the apples!

What an awesome family! Every year we’ve been able to find trees to pick some apples from to make cider.

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