We had about 9 acres of the winter oats and rye grass along with some springtime native pasture cut this week and ended up with 15 bales of hay. We hope to get another 20 acres cut two more times this year. We'll need roughly 100 bales of hay to carry the cows through the winter.
I have a feeling, a creepy, shivery feeling, that this snake situation isn't going to end anytime soon. Some of you are nodding knowingly right now, and I have to admit I knew it was a possibility. We've had issues with egg stealing snakes in the past and increasing the flock size and egg production is like setting out a welcome mat for the local wildlife. We solved the aerial predator problem by pairing the layers with the pigs, and I hoped that pairing would also deter snakes. Alas, it was not to be. After my first encounter with the egg thieves, I started carrying the shotgun with me while collecting. I didn't see anything for a week and got tired of juggling the gun and the egg basket while opening and closing gates, so I relaxed my guard.
Luckily, John was out doing his own chores when I had my next encounter. Not one, but two of the repellant self-serving thieves were present when he opened the back door for me. I, of course, made plenty of room for John as he reached in and grabbed one by the tail as it was about to swallow an egg. He spun and threw it past me then calmly walked over, stepped on it, picked it up behind the head and asked me if I wanted to get a picture. What I wanted was to regain my breath and slow my heart rate! But, yes, I agreed that a picture would be good as well.
So I see a good deal of snake wrangling in John's future and an growing tolerance through constant exposure for me. #Ranchlife
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