Sunday, November 20, 2016

Moving Poultry Fencing

We remembered today that we needed to move the north line of poultry yard fencing which runs along part of our driveway.  The overnight low temperature was 14° so at first we wondered if we could 1) still get the fencing out of the ground, and 2) get it back into the ground in the new position.

The summer time placement of that particular stretch of fence in question is too close to the driveway so that when we plow snow in the winter, the snow thrown against the fence would eventually break it down.

Turns out we were in luck as the ground hadn't frozen hard enough so there was no problem even though we were a little slow on the uptake of getting the job done.


Here Papa Pea is taking out an old section while some of the new is already in place on the right farther away from the driveway, closer to the pond.


In this picture I was fairly close to the edge of the pond and commented I was going to be really mad if I slipped onto the ice.  Papa Pea said I was going to be wet, too, as the ice wasn't thick enough to hold me.


Making good progress.


A group of supervisors on the bank watching our progress.  There are six of them.  Can you spot them?


All done and ready for more snow.  The fence isn't electrified in the winter because the snow level on the ground shorts it out.  So technically it doesn't do a great deal to deter animals that might try to get in (bobcats, pine martens, foxes, coyotes, wolves, etc.), but it does contain the birds should they put on snow shoes or X-country skis and venture out that far.


Last but not least, two of our older Muscovy ducks just hangin' out in the weeds.  And maybe hoping the ice on the pond will melt again?

28 comments:

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Atleast the ground wasn't frozen, and sure looks like winter!

Mama Pea said...

LHinB - We were a bit shocked that the ground wasn't frozen! It was kind of a sunless day today, but tomorrow is supposed to give us some sunshine. No more snow in the forecast until Wednesday . . . time for Thanksgiving traveling. Ugh.

Michelle said...

I would think their webbed feet would freeze!

Mama Pea said...

Michelle - I know, you would think so. But both ducks and geese are known to be "northern" fowl so they must know how to adapt. (Me? I have trouble keeping my feet warm even in insulated boots with heavy socks!)

Anonymous said...

It is wonderful that you were able to get the job done without too much hassle 😊 ... winter has arrived quite early for you Minnesotians 🙂

Sue said...

Um, do I sense a job that got done at the last possible second? Teehee. Glad to see another member of my club--The Procrastinators!!
I was out the day before the snow flew furiously digging carrots and harvesting Kale and Brussels Sprouts. And putting away my garden tools. Yea. Last minute all right, but not as bad as hubby. I see my clotheslines are still hanging and the birdbaths still need to be scrubbed and dumped.
JUST to the north of us they got TEN INCHES.
We got a lousy 3 inches of snow...but yet, it was glorious to watch....and the cookies were darn good too! Gosh, I love this season. And your poultry pics!! Keep em coming. They are a joy to watch. I miss having critters.

Kristina said...

Glad the ground wasn't frozen yet.

Mama Pea said...

mari - Truth to tell, we've had a very long, warm fall . . . which had us all fooled into thinking these cold temps (17° over night last night) weren't going to come this year. Ha! But we were able to get much more done outside than we had expected. Grateful and happy about that.

Mama Pea said...

Sue - Your joy of this season (which we here in Minnie-soda share) is infectious and I love to see the way someone else (as in other crazies!) loves it!!

I don't care how many tasks get done "on time," there are always those few that get done at the very last minute. (Or maybe left until spring!) Hugs to you, my friend!

Mama Pea said...

Kristina - We, too! And also surprised!

Sandy said...

Mama Pea,

Mother nature provided you with an opportunity to move your fencing. Good work!!! Your feather friends....aka Supervisors are content :-)

Great look Muscovy ducks! Do they provide you with eggs in the winter?
Hugs,
Sandy

DFW said...

Now that's what winter is supposed to look like!

Mama Pea said...

Sandy - We haven't had the Muscovy ducks over a winter yet so any eggs we get will be a welcome surprise! How to collect them before they freeze may be a challenge though. ;o)

Mama Pea said...

DFW - Good thing hubby and I both really enjoy winter weather and winter scenes, right? :o}

Sarah said...

Glad the ground wasn't frozen solid. I look at the pictures & can't decide if I'm ready for winter or not. Central IL had a LONG Indian summer this year.

Anonymous said...

Love, love, love your new header !!!!
Sue

gld said...

I see winter has truly arrived. Is the new header picture taken from you place? It is beautiful.

Glad you got the fence relocated.

Susan said...

I should have moved some fencing myself, before winter slammed us. I am afraid that it will be a while before I can push or pull any posts!

Leigh said...

It's so amazing (to me) to see that snow and ice. We're just finally dipping below freezing.

Mama Pea said...

Sarah - Thanks for commenting! The good thing about winter in your area is that the snow (usually!) doesn't stay on the ground long. Okay, so maybe you have the occasional not-so-nice ice to deal with but you probably won't have so much snow that you have to tunnel through it!!

Mama Pea said...

Sue - Thank you! I think it's one of the best (of a LOT of bad ones) pictures I've managed to take!

Mama Pea said...

Glenda - I do wish we had a lovely stream like that running on our property but the shot was taken from a bridge I cross over when I go to get our raw milk products . . . about 7-8 miles from here.

Mama Pea said...

Susan - Oh, yes, you certainly did get slammed! More snow forecast for us tomorrow, but just another couple of inches. And WET inches at that. Bummer!

Mama Pea said...

Leigh - I keep thinking how much easier it must be on your animals in your area of the country . . . than up here near the tundra! ;o) We kinda knew it would happen what with our very long, warm fall . . . one day it would turn cold and bam! We are in winter.

Goatldi said...

Good job on the new fencing! I laughed at your avian supervisor's. We have a crew here also but it is the goats. Love the snow and the new header. We have had more rain and as I post it is pouring and a-blowing like mad. Do love the sound of wind in our pines.

Mama Pea said...

Goatldi - I remember how inquisitive our goats used to be. Actually, our eleven geese remind me of goats as anytime we're outside, they come over to the fence to see what's going on. Our snow has turned to rain and is making a great slushy mess out there. If the temp drops and freezes tonight . . . oh my, what a mess that will be! ('Tis November when we can expect anything!)

Sherry Miller said...

That would be job had it froze. Glad all is well.

Mama Pea said...

Sherry - I know! We really lucked out on the job. Not only would it have been hard to get the fence poles out, but repositioning them would have been nearly impossible!