Our Neighbor’s Animals 2

Posted: April 15, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Whenever our neighbor leaves town, he usually asks us to take care of his farm animals while he’s gone. He has a lot of chickens, a dog, a cat, two fish, a miniature horse, three goats, two ducks, and one turkey. We’ve already explained the morning and evening routines in the article Feeding Our Neighbor’s Animals. It’s a lot of work to tend to them, but he pays us pretty well. We don’t actually expect to get paid. We take care of the animals as a favor, not as a job. So it’s really nice of our neighbor to pay us. To explain the evening and morning routines quickly, we basically just feed and water all the animals. In the morning we let the cat and dog outside, feed and water them, go down to the barn, let the horse and goats out, feed the chickens, ducks, and turkeys, and collect any eggs that may be there. In the evening, we do the exact opposite; put the cat and the dog back in, go down to the barn, feed and water the chickens, ducks and turkeys, collect eggs, and shut the horse and goats up.

Just recently, he asked us to take care of them for four days. We agreed, because it’s usually pretty fun, but today was rather nasty. In the morning it was pouring rain so everything was all muddy. The feeders and water tanks were covered in mud and were quite unpleasant to handle. Then in the afternoon it suddenly got cold and the rain turned into snow/rain. When we went down there in the evening it was freezing and everything was all slushy, not to mention the animals being soaking wet and covered in mud. Speaking of the snow, it was really odd that it snowed. It’s been in the seventies for a while (it was 80 on Sunday), and then all of a sudden it started snowing. It made the whole job a lot more unpleasant, but we don’t get paid for nothing!

by John and Dink

  1. Libby says:

    I remember those cold, wet and miserable times looking after our livestock when we had the smallholiding until a few years ago. Funnily enough I really do miss it!

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