For the next few weeks, we will be releasing previous posts from the old website.
This is a series of short posts written when I was 11.
By Tyler Akin, 3/26/09
It is time for me to tell you about what happens around here at night. To start off I will tell you that we go out at different times because of our schedule, we have swim team at the YMCA Monday, Wednesday and Friday so on those days we aim to be out side by four. I will tell you about the barn first. It pretty much starts like the morning, I first let my self in and then let the dogs in, then I feed the dogs. But then it gets different, while the dogs are eating I give the goats hay in their feeders. Then I will go back into the barn and check on the dogs and give them more food if needed, then I go and check on the chickens, making sure they have water and gathering the eggs. After that its back to the barn to check on the dogs and get hay for the horses (If they are on that side,) and a wheelbarrow to take it up in. Then after traveling over the “long” gravel road that leads to the horse pasture, which is about one hundred yards long, I give them their hay. Then I go back to the barn and make sure every on has water, then I untie the dogs and let them out. Then I feed the cat, lock the grain bins and lock the doors, then I say good night and go to the house.
Night chores on “The Other Side” and maintaining our farm coming soon.
By Tyler J. Akin
Hello again! This time I am going to tell you about the chores that happen on the “other side”. To start off I will tell you what the “other side” is. It is closer to the house than the barn, and it is where we keep puppies that are being weaned, bucks (male goats) when the does (female goats) are in heat, our male Great Pyrenees dog when “his” girls are in heat, sometimes our horses, and sometimes pigs (this year we will only have pigs in the summer and fall). The second thing you need to know about this side, is that it is divided into four sections: The biggest part is currently being used for the horses or bucks, the medium sized enclosures are currently empty, and the part we use the most is the smallest section. The smallest section has wire mesh and hot wire fencing. It is where we keep Smokey (our male Pyr) when one of the females is in heat but should not be bred and the first outside pen for young Pyr puppies. Right now that area is being used for our bucks because the does are getting ready to give birth. The bucks are being protected by Hannah, with Lacy or Dot helping her. Now I will tell you about chores on this side (I will tell you about the chores from my view when I am out there doing them.). When I first go out I let myself in through the gate, making sure that no animals escape. When I am in, I tether the bucks, then I go back to the gate and open the bin beside it. I then take out the dogs bowls and, like the dogs at the barn, Hannah and the puppy first get a little food, then a little more, etc. While they are eating I feed the bucks. Like the females at the barn, they get their grain in feeders like the ones at the barn (You can pick up both feeders and dog bowls at your local store. Then I pick up any poop that is in the pen (checking all the time to see if the dogs need more food). When the dogs are done eating I let the goats go and pick up their bins and the dog bowls. Then I do obedience with the dogs, pet the animals, and lock the gate. Then if the horses are on this side I give them some hay. Then I go down and help finish at the barn.
Chores at night and maintaining our farm coming soon.
Night Chores on the “Other Side”.
By Tyler Akin, 4/8/09
I’m back to tell you you about night chores on the “other side”. When I first go down to the gate, there are usually dogs right on the other side of the gate, so I have to be careful getting in. When I am in I grab the goats (gently), and tether them after that I go back to the “bin” that is by the “gate”. I open the “bin” and take out the necessary items, dog bowls and of course, drum roll please…Dog food. When I give the dogs some food, they do not always eat right away, so I tell them…You Have Ten Minuet’s To Eat And Receive More! After I stare them down for a while, I go to check on the goat hay. Seeing that they have enough I pick up any dog poop and then I check on their water. After that I go sit down by the dogs, and I wait and I wait and I wait. I soon get tired of waiting, but I give them more food and wait some more. Then its good-bye food! As it goes back into the bin I celebrate, and then I go untie the goats, and say good-bye!
Maintaining our farm coming soon.
Maintaining Our Farm
By Tyler Akin, 4/08/09
All right! Time for me to tell you about maintaining our farm. Our farm is a gift from God so we strive to keep it looking its best. When we first came to Kentucky, our farm was not setup for our animals. So we had to put up fencing, build several shelters, and build stalls in our barn. We do most of the setting up and maintaining on Saturdays. A normal Saturday workday starts with getting a quick snack and getting out the door, Mom and Dad start on whatever we our doing that day such as: chipping up wood, reinforcing fences etc. Us kids, or teenagers, head to the barn for chores or head to the “other side” to do chores there. After chores we head over to help Mom and Dad with whatever we are doing that day. Say we are chipping up wood, we kids will wait until dad chain saws through a branch, then we drag it over to mom who stands by a chipper. She feeds it into the chipper which in turn spits out wood chips into the back of the truck. When the back of the truck is full of “chips” mom drives it to where we need them, and then with a little help she shovels the load out of the truck and drives back. We can be doing this for hours. Our work day ends around five. Then we do chores and go inside.
Great Pyrenees Puppy Eating Process
By Tyler Akin, 9/9/09
It has been a while since I last blogged (about four months), and today I am going to blog about our newest babies “eating process”. If you have been on this site recently you should know by now that we have five beautiful Great Pyrenees puppies! We feed them bottles because of Hannah’s mastitis. We feed with four bottles and generally three or more people. We feed them in no specific order except for Gage, who takes the longest. As of now they are drinking three oz. of goats milk except for Trapper who gets FOUR! They can take anywhere from 5 to 10 min. to eat. For puppies, there are a couple important things to know before feeding: 1. Making sure the bottle is tipped up. This is important because they can get air in their stomach, which causes discomfort. 2. Do not feed them on their back. This can cause milk to go into their lungs. 3. Make sure to “burp” them afterward. This is done by hanging them over your shoulder and rubbing and patting. It helps them clear their tubes. After they are done we wipe off their mouths.