|Here is the cows' side, nearly done. Excuse the netting; it was a temporary safety before we got the fencing up.|
|Chickens' side, interior. We removed the roost bars from one side of their portable house and installed them here.|
|Settling in nicely!|
|Rhode Island Red rooster. Did I mention he attacked me a couple times??? Fortunately, he's settled down a bit and we have a mutual agreement to leave each other alone. As long as he doesn't breech his end of the deal, all will be well (for him).|
|We moved the steers to their side of the hoop house a couple days ago. Byron created a little run for them from the field.|
|Cows' side, interior. You can see how the hoop house is divided by fencing, and the chickens checking out their new neighbors. They seem happy, but the cattle were lowing quite a bit yesterday. They like change about as much as I do.|
|Hard to resist patting their woolly winter coats!|
|Finally, my attempt to winterize the garden. I've so far managed to get compost on one row of six.|
|I then covered the row with leaves and paper from feed bags. This is kind of our own invention, and it needs to be tweaked since bags + wind = lots of running around.|
Thank you so much for sticking with me this year. Looking back, we've experienced several trials, such as continuing to await the sale of our other home and discovering additional problems with this home. But these were accompanied by several triumphs. We finally sold our other home in April, and were successful in raising fifty meat birds and twenty laying hens, with minimal losses. We also have two very healthy steers that we daily moved to fresh pasture during the warmer months, and have beautiful floors in two rooms and the front hallway of our home. We have much to be thankful for.
God bless you all. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!