Friday, February 5, 2010

The Saga Continues...

Yes, another 3.1 inches of rain... and the usual foot or so of water to slop through.  You all can see where I have to park the truck and walk into the water to care for the livestock.  Sometimes I wonder why we do this...  I know we have a major screw loose, if you know what I mean.  Instead of a 4 wheeler, perhaps an air boat would be useful for getting around the farm.
We may need to put the feed room up a bit higher...  The water is over the blocks we put it on, but at least the feed is dry for now.  The square bales of hay are in the semi trailer shown above.  The goats have enough bedding in the shed built up to be on their little island inside the sheds.

We have considered moving the buildings to higher ground, but since the property is flat, that really is not an option.  The sheds are car ports and can be moved by removing the pins and taking the sheds apart.  But the ground gets compacted and that is where the pooling comes in.  So, we have decided to raise the buildings and add fill and gravel, that is, when it drys up enough to get the gravel and equipment in.  We want to build a road as well, but again the weather has not been in our favor.  The ground is so saturated, the water just sits there until the wind evaporates it.  The flooding in the pictures has been an ongoing saga since October.

The poor ram taking shelter (picture below) in the hay feeder is a perfect example of the awful fall and winter we have had.  March is our wettest month of the year and we cringe to see what is yet to come...

If the chickens do not drown (just kidding), we will be offering Free Ranged Eggs this spring.  We are getting some eggs now, but not enough non muddy ones to sell.  We are offering a limited supply of free stained eggs if you want to try some to see the difference for yourself.  The mud gets on the eggs and stains them and does not always wash off.  We usually eat or give away the stained eggs and sell the pretty ones.  We will be offering the eggs for $3.00 a dozen.

If anyone in Selma knows of a farm close by to move some of our livestock to, please let us know.  A large barn with several horse stalls which is high and dry would be perfect.   We would like to rent for the next 3 or 4 months until we can get into and fill in our barn yard and raise the barn areas.  Our phone number is:  334-327-9252.  Our email is: .