Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Pioneer Preppy's Extremely Horrible, Extra Awful, Really Bad Day
I knew I was going to wake up to the downed tree this morning. I was up when the storm hit and heard the tree come down but I couldn't get a really good look at it until the sun came up.
Just another item to add to the ever growing, never shrinking list of stuff I need to do around here. At least this one gives me some firewood in return though. The tree being down and knowing I would get some firewood was pretty much the highlight of my day. It was all pretty much downhill from here.
I had a sick ewe yesterday showing the same signs that had killed the other ewe months ago and another one who pulled though right after that. We dosed her down with the super strong wormer we got from the Vet and I felt sure she would recover. We are about 2 weeks from the next normal worming time and I caught the lump really early. It was barely noticeable honestly. I felt confident she would be fine and when I checked her at 1AM she was still with us.
Well she died over night. This is crazy. That's two prime breeding age ewes who were both excellent producers that I have lost this year and one that got so sick I am not sure she will be able to breed again even though she has recovered. Add to that the lost Ram and purchasing a new one and the sheep side of things is so far in the red it will take years to recover.
The rains may have let up for a couple of weeks but we haven't had enough high temps and dry ground to fully purge these damned Barber Pole Worms yet it seems. The Vet tells me there is no stronger wormer available either. This strain is just vicious.
So there was the morning and a good chunk of the afternoon gone dealing with the corpse.
When I started up my truck it made a noise that reminded me of my first car. A 1970 Buick GS Stage 1 with a 455 large block, Holly Q-Jet and glass packs. I always loved the sound that engine made but coming from my 6 cylinder pickup with a standard muffler it wasn't exactly music to my ears.
Add something else to my "needs fixing list".
I then had to go check all my bee hives to make sure none had been blown over or knocked down by falling trees. The orchard where I keep some hives was totally devastated. In fact I felt a little guilty about lamenting my own troubles because the orchard owner lost half his barn to the wind and a number of chickens and had to move the survivors into his workshop since their part of the barn now has no roof. On the plus side his neighbor's tool shed is now in the orchard owner's back yard so a roof was delivered to him free of charge it seems. I offered to help him clean up some but he declined because he was waiting on the insurance guy to see it all before starting to pick up.
Luckily all the Bee Hives were fine.
At this point the sun came out a bit and things did brighten up some. I managed to scavenge about 20 cinder blocks from a trailer court down the road about 10 miles. The guy who owns the place will take all the left over cinder blocks, landscaping timbers and such that people leave behind and make a pile of them. He allows me to come scavenge and this time it paid off.
I buried cinder blocks all along the walls of the chicken coop/stall so nothing can dig under the wall to get at the hens.
Oh and I took this picture of the White and Black Hen too if anyone recognizes what breed she may be.
The sun came out briefly and I was able to open the big sliding door to give the hens some light. They really seemed to enjoy it. They seem to be settling in and were up exploring around the coop/stall.
At least so far that part of things seems to be going alright today. Of course the sun ain't down yet is it?
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!