Today was a cleanup day: I put the last boards back on Sueâ€™s shelter, and then went around putting at least one screw into all of the siding boards. Heâ€™ll have to work much harder to get them off again. I put rails in to hang the water and mineral buckets on. The water buckets look like a success, theyâ€™re much harder to foul. Only the girls have minerals, I had to clean out the other bucket and I put it aside to dry. I saw June at the bucket, but no big rush, which is as it should be.
I also lowered the hay feeder in the girls shelter since the Shetlands seemed to be doing ok. They liked the new height, things were not as frenetic. However I noticed that they seemed to be getting hay out onto the ground and eating it there. So tomorrow (or Thursday if the rain is too bad) I think Iâ€™ll lower it again to see if the hay will stay in then. I think Iâ€™ll also lower the Shetlands feeder and see if they like it better.
Panic remains under the porch. Itâ€™s not really a good spot, but it could be worse, and I really need to get some other stuff done. Iâ€™m leaning toward eventually building him a pen, big enough to put one of the shetland girls in with him. Lisa says we should build him a little doghouse thingy in the pen. Weâ€™ve actually got the wood, but Iâ€™m hoping to use it for the hatches tomorrow instead.
Treat time was less interesting than yesterday, but they keep me on my toes. The Shetlands were a little skittish after yesterday, then as they were settling down, Minx tried to get under the fence again. It was harder than yesterday, but she was gonna make it and I had to shoo her back, which spooked the Shetlands. Stapling the bottom of the fence to a nice 6×6 should slow her down.
Sassy and Leon came back to the bucket quickly. Cocoa and Valentine got there eventually, Raven flirted with Marilyn, and Jarret just didnâ€™t get it. Weâ€™re getting low on veggies, I need to get some more, except that means going to Keene.
After feeding I spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning up the mess. The area looks better and so does the wood pile, though itâ€™s really not enough for the downstairs stove either. Tomorrowâ€™s supposed to rain, so I plan on working in the basement, the hatches, and maybe finish the cabinets for the bedroom.