Two things that have changed recently. First, I have gotten the horses moved back up to the pasture behind the house for the winter. I hope it's for the winter anyway, cause dragging buckets of water out to the back pasture on a sled was a massive pain in my ass! there are some concerns still with the front pasture. I still need some type of shelter. I have no idea why this is so hard to figure out.... but it is. It became necessary to go ahead and move them when I found that a deer had gone through the back fence causing the electric fence to short out. I have got the front fence with so many extra connections and jumps to additional areas that there doesn't seem to be a lot of juice running through it. I REALLY hope the girls don't put it to the test! More frustrations! Will I ever overcome the fence dilemma?!!
Oh well, I am enjoying walking around the house and seeing their beautiful faces. My first instinct is to make sure they are inside the fence instead of meandering around outside. Then, I am filled with joy.
The other thing done is the chicken yard. Woohoo!!! It has been fun to watch them. The extra space has brought out more chicken-y behavior. I have now gotten to hear an egg song. And the contented nest building song. The "she's stealing eggs" warning and, also, the "Hey! there's food here" announcement. I'm learning lots!
I wish I could say that I have also learned to overcome all of my fears with taking care of my animals. I have not. Maybe that's something that will happen next summer. Maybe that should go on the to-do list now... fear eradication and possibly buying a chainsaw.