I am all caught up after this post. I will make a pinky promise to do better and try to be more timely in the future. We have been using Zeke every night to put the sheep in the barn. We have not been locking them in at night just putting food out and letting them leave whenever they want. Usually, they will spend the night in the barn and leave while it is still dark in the morning. They haven’t been eating hardly any hay, so there must be more out on the back hillside and pasture than there looks. The horses have been picking at their food, the only one who has been eating their nightly allotment is the cows. We have been feeding for the last 10 days.
Now that the sheep and Zeke are starting to get the routine down it only takes about 10 minutes to get the sheep in the barn. As it gets cold and the forage goes away the sheep practically put themselves away in the barn because that is where they get fed.
Our bees made it through another summer and are still holed up in the barn wall. I am going to leave them alone again this year and hopefully get to them next winter. I want to get the sorting chute inside the barn and some stairs up to the walkway before I mess with the bees. I need to brace myself first, it may become a painful undertaking.
One of the guys from work is coming out soon so we can kill a sheep and he wants to cut it up himself. I told him there is a skinning pole all set up out here. We can drag a hose out, of the wood shed, and hook it up to the faucet so there is running water.
On a plus note, Annmarie got our weather station to work! I am very excited. I miss not being able to look at the wind speed and our rainfall amount. These are useful items to keep track of in the blog. I will be updating the chicken spreadsheet soon and get that out here also. Have a great month.