Sunday, June 20, 2010

Morning feeding

Thought you might want to come along and help with the daily morning feeding. Gator loaded up and ready to start feeding. Hay, check. Grain, check. Soaked hay, check.
Outside cats fed. This is before the donkey and horses are fed.

AJ's hay being soaked to get rid of as much sugar and starch as possible from the hay. Horses that have/had laminitis need a diet low in starch and sugar. About fifteen minutes for the hay to soak.

While the hay is soaking we need to say good morning to the chickens and let them out.

Chickens fed and watered. Honey Dog always accompanies on the morning feedings.

We need to go get the older chickens away from the neighbors fence and shoo them back towards the barn. It amazes me how quickly they can get across the property when they want to.

Pics are a bit out of line. We have already started feeding and are out in the back pasture. Goats have to get their grain.

Donkeys are beginning to get their breakfast. This is just the first of three piles of hay.

Pearl and Mr. M. Mallow waiting patiently for their breakfast.

Sorry , this is a duplicate of the first pic.

Time to drive over to where Arnold, Cookie and Doughnut are and give them their breakfast.

All the donkeys in the back pasture content and munching away.

Mr. Egyptian Goose over from next door for a bite to eat.

Now we have to drive to the stall area where the horses are and feed them.

Everyone now has their breakfast. Time to go back into the house and feed the inside cats and get another cup of coffee.
Feeding usually takes about half an hour sometimes longer.

In a couple of hours it is time to let the horses out, clean and check all the waterers, and start mucking stalls.

Until next time........................


  1. Oh Thank you for that! LOL the they just run out the coop? Always like to read your blog, thanks for sharing your animals. :) Ann in WI

  2. There is so much work on a farm. But, at the end of the day, it has to be so satisfying to sit back, see all of your contented critters and know that they are all safe and happy.

  3. Man, I'm tired! We all know it's work on a farm, but I don't think we realize how much!!

  4. It certainly looks like it would take longer than 30 min to get everyone fed in the mornings! Farms and animals are alot of work, aren't they? No rest for anyone!


  5. Thanks for the barn tour. It was fun. You have your hands full.

  6. I'm just glad that I can't do that! Just reading it wore me out!
    I didn't know about the soaking hay thing - interesting!

  7. What a great crew you have! All sounds like clockwork. Must bring you a lot of joy. The animals look very contented.Do you do all this solo?

  8. You've definitely earned that second cup of coffee!!

  9. Enjoyed the feeding, looks awful familiar, (except for the wetting of the hay, but I haven't worked with horses much, either.)


  10. So much work, yet so rewarding that it hardly seems like work. I never knew physical labor until I started at the DSC. No wonder I am so tired after a day there. My hats off to you....I only do it once or twice a week you on the other hand do it every day. Great Job!

  11. Hi AJ, My husband wants your John Deere please.Lol
    I have an award for you to collect, so pop on over please. Kind regards Rina

  12. That are verry,verry,beautiful pctures.
    lovely greetings

  13. I like your blog and I enjoyed seeing the pictures of your animals!

  14. Wow. That's a lot of mouths to feed! You have such a beautiful place and so many gorgeous children. :)

  15. and thats exactly why I never think about vacations....I mean...who could do what it takes to make sure everybody gets their daily rituals!! do you hire out!?? I could only leave my critters to someone who looks after them as closely as I do, but you live a little too far away. I guess a vacation is just not in the cards, but I feel like it actually IS a vacation to just be out taking care of them...weird now isn't it!?


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