Well, That Was Surprising!

by Joan on November 14, 2012

This entry is part 17 of 18 in the series Chickens

One awesome chicken, right?

I was in the barnyard about a week ago, preparing for the upcoming cold and snow.  I’ve been working on this for a while.  Water, food, shelter – providing these in all kinds of weather is important for the animals.

The chickens already have a heated waterer in their coop.  Brandy came from her previous owners with a large heated water bucket.  But Doink is too short – his big ole head can’t reach it.  Poor Doink was going to be out of luck (and thirsty.)  I got a heated dog bowl, plugged it in, filled it up…and the pig proceeded to flip it with his nose again and again, water going everywhere.  A weighted base needed to be constructed.  But I also needed to be able to unplug it and clean it once a week.  My solution was less than elegant – sorta looks medieval, but it works.

Not even Doink’s nose can flip that baby (concrete block secured in the base.)

I knew I needed a solution for the shed door, too.  Pigs don’t have fur, so they need to be protected from the cold – I couldn’t leave the whole sliding door open in freezing weather.  In their old home their shed had a dog door.  So I cut one into the big door. Problem solved, sorta.  Brandy likes to look out the big door so she kept on opening it with her head.  Back to Home Depot (more biscuits for Keela) for a sturdy latch.

Perfect size for a pig!

But I digress.  This story isn’t really about cold weather.

Working in the barnyard is always an exercise in patience.  Sixteen animals, one person. All trying to share about six square feet of the whole barnyard.  The animals desperately wishing for opposable thumbs to help.  So we’re all crammed together, me with a drill trying to attach the latch without getting bitten by a pig or butted by a goat or pecked by a chicken.  Good lord it was funny.

Suddenly Liberty – the chicken born on the 4th of July, mean ole Maude’s only hatchling, the one always hanging out with the three princess hens – let out a BLARING cock-a-doodle-doo. Then another, then another.

Apparently, Liberty is a ROOSTER.

Every single animal in the barnyard (especially Keela on the other side of the fence) WENT NUTS.  There was barking and snorting and bleating and clucking and frantic movement in all directions.  You’d think they’d never heard a rooster crow…oh yeah, they hadn’t!  I laughed until I cried.

Don and Doink, you’ve got one more on your team here at Happy Mama Acre.

(Sharing this at the Clever Chick Blog HopTilly’s Nest, Kathe With an ELife On The Funny FarmBackyard Farming Connection and Farm Fun Friday!)

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Tammy/Our Neck of the Woods November 15, 2012 at 10:39 am

Haha! This is so funny. Probably because I can relate! The chickens are always up in our business when we are trying to work on their coop. They just can’t shake their curiosity I guess!
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Christine November 15, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Always an exciting day when the rooster decides to finally let it rip. Can’t say our roosters have ever scared a whole barnyard full of animals before, though. I can picture it, and it is hilarious!
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Joan November 15, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Tammy, Brandy the goat is the most intrusive – she tries to eat every single screw I have in my hand. Gotta love the goats! (I think the chickens are just hoping there’s some scratch in a pocket somewhere!)

Christine, I wish I could show you a photo. I’m working on my photography skills, but I’d like to think the camera is to blame! It’s always AFTER something has happened in the barnyard that I think, “Oh yeah, I should have taken a photo of that!” Live and try to learn, I guess!
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Tami Von Zalez November 20, 2012 at 11:19 am

What a great story! I can just image all of those animals reacting to the young rooster. The pig pic is so cute too.

Popped in from YGLIT.


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