Saturday, May 5, 2012

An afternoon in the life of a chicken farmer

Yesterday afternoon:

At my barn to do chores and see water coming in the barn. I had built part of a gravel dam at the front of the barn after I first placed because water was starting to seep in. Things dried up and it seemed okay. So, I decide it would be best to finish building a gravel dam in the barn so I can pump out the water.

Use my Ford farm truck to get gravel and it keeps quitting on me. Like KEEPS quitting on me. It usually quits on me at least once every time I drive it but not this often. And, yes, the tank had fuel in it. =P And, no, I don't like my Ford; we've had a disagreeable relationship from the first time we met. =P

Start up the pumps - all three of them. Pump 1 pumps into the same hole where Pump 2 is placed. Pump 2 pumps out Pump 1's water and also water that is seeping in from underneath the barn shop floor. Pump 3 is outside and pumps water away from the W side of the barn, across the road, and away...hopefully. Sound confusing enough?? Pump 2  gets plugged but I catch it before it over heats too much.

As I'm walking out the door to get more gravel, the red battery light starts flashing on my alarm system. It is almost 4:00 PM...Friday afternoon, need I add. =P I call my neighbour who went to Saskatoon but he has already left. I call Yorkton and the place closes at 5 and isn't open on weekends. I call my brother who thankfully has time and lives closer to Yorkton and he is able to get the battery before closing. While on the phone I hear my truck quit again and remember that I still have Pump 3 running outside and that it probably should be unplugged by now.

After getting things sort of under control and doing chores, I have to go to Yorkton, which is about an hour away, to pick up the battery. Enjoy a quick meal with my brother and his family, grab a few groceries, get a Tim's and head back home again just in time to pump more water and do evening chores.

 I believe that the F in Farming stands for Flexibility. =D Thus ends my exciting day and I get ready for another one to begin bright and early tomorrow.


A Heart of Praise said...

Sounds like quite a day! It was nice seeing you, hope your cough is better!

Naomi T. said...

Your life is... busy. It never stops, does it? :) Here's to the last vestiges of your cold going far, far away.

Hope your day is going great. :)

Lindsey said...

Nice seeing you guys again too, Emily! :)

I still have a bit of a cough but at least it hasn't been keeping me awake at night. :)

Thanks, Naomi! Hope your day is great too! ;)