Tuesday, October 12, 2010
A Few Accomplishments
Last spring Rog, removed the four most deteriorated barn doors in order to install new posts and beams to shore up the sagging barn roof on the north side. After fixing the roof structure, we left the barn doors off all summer and had sort of a porch effect, but we need to be able to close up this end of the barn this winter. Rog cut off the bottom foot from each door where the wood had rotted away and built new frames around them.
I am so impressed with my husband's carpentry talents! The barn looks snug and secure now.
I have been keeping my eyes out for some item I could creatively recycle for feeding the cows hay outside, but finally I just bit the bullet and bought a horse feeder from Fleet Farm. The hay needs to be kept up off the ground or else they trample it and soil it and waste a big portion of it. There is a trough below the hay rack (intended for grain) that also catches some of the fallout hay and keeps it clean. I like that this feeder is heavy and sturdy enough that they won't tip it over, yet manageable to drag to a new site. It didn't occur to me that LaFonda would risk getting her horns tangled in the bars, but after a couple meals she has figured out how to avoid getting them caught.