Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Heat Pack Removal

It's that time of the year. Again. Already! Actually, the heat packs in the goat sheds should have been dug out last month but winter kept hanging on. As soon as warm weather returned, rain came along with it. In fact, it's been pouring buckets all morning. But the forecast says Friday will be sunny and 70* so I'm mentally preparing to get that dreaded task done.

I expect the recent rains will make hauling the stuff harder. I pull a wagon back and forth from the sheds to the garden. It will take all of one day and maybe two to get it all out. Last year DH was here to help but that won't be the case this time. While I'm at it, I'd like to get the rest of the winter's wasted hay but I know it's going to be soaked and heavy. We will see.

And every year I wonder why I put myself through it. Why not just get rid of the durn goats? I think it just comes down to stubbornness. Well, I KNOW it does. I don't want to admit defeat to my bad back. Those goats represent what I want- freedom to grow my own meat and milk. I'll go down kicking and screaming (and probably over medicated) before I'll give up. Besides, I love the little boogers! (Let's just keep that between us.)


  1. I get the glamorous job of forking the pack out of the chicken house, I am short and I can get under the roost better than Ralph....I used to use pack bedding in my cow barn and like you dreaded the day or two of cleaning out the calving barn. However when I looked at the soil in my garden I knew it was worth it!

  2. I hate that my body makes the things I love doing so hard. I'm stubborn, I have ankolysing spondiolitis (spelling?)
    My neighbor asked how I keep doing it, I said I love it, I work thru the pain. The alternative is to give up my joys in life

  3. Curious, but what's a the heat packs for goats?

    1. The heat pack is the straw bedding in the shed where they sleep. In the fall we start letting it build up with manure and top if with fresh straw every few days. By winter time the bedding is creating heat for the goats to keep warm We do the same thing in the chicken coop. Some people call it the deep litter method. :)


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