Each week brings challenges to overcome and problems to solve. Especially since we are building our infrastructure from scratch. So when it’s time to put the calves out on pasture, for example, we need to actually fence in the pasture which means purchasing the materials and putting in the fence.
Putting this farm together is a slow process because of that bothersome day job and the kids always wanting food and electricity and clothing. Time and money. Time and money, my friend.
And our inexperience slows us down too. We don’t always get things right the first time or put things together in the most efficient way.
I find all too often we’re just following whatever crisis (or near crisis) demands our attention. This summer we’ve been chasing the need of the moment and can’t wait to get the bulk of the animals to the procesor and have a little down time to recover and regroup this fall while enjoying the fruits of our labor. Can you say “bacon”?
Our next biggest need is transporting animals. Since I don’t have unlimited funds just waiting in a separate farm account for materials and supplies, we often have to think outside the box and get creative. There are special made crates for moving chickens and turkeys. They are slick. But there is the money issue. Or the Old Man could build some, he’s smart like that. But then there is the time issue.
So we do what I imagine any farmer does and make due with our creativity and some duct tape. (I don’t know if duct tape will actually be involved but we’re not done yet. I wouldn’t be surprised.)
My first thought is to use our dog crates. Which was problematic because our barn cat had her kittens in one of them. Thankfully she had the foresight to move her kittens last night to another location, so that frees up one crate. I also have two more dog crates and two rabbit hutches. How much space will it take to transport 24 big and fat meat birds? I’m sure I don’t know. But we’re gonna find out.