I spent a good part of the morning reading Gordon Clark's The Philosophy of Science and Belief in God. I finished the second chapter on 'Newtonian Science'. It's pretty interesting, and of course, Dr. Clark occasionally throws something in that tickles the funny bone.
After lunch, Daddy and I moved the heifers. Now, I hadn't prepped like I was supposed to. I was supposed to hook up the trailer and pull it into the yard yesterday. And air up the tires...but I had forgotten all about that part. The reason I didn't do the first part yesterday was because I didn't ask Savannah to help me and I didn't know if I could do it myself--and obviously, I didn't try. Oh well. Daddy wasn't really irritated with me at all for not doing it. He was more laughing, "You were supposed to do this yesterday!" Anyway, I aired the tires while he did something in the barn...oh, I remember what it was! He was looking for this grease can--which he later found in the floor board of the truck! He greased the wheels on the sliding door at the back of the horse trailer as well as all the hinges. I worked the oil into the joints and we headed out to the pens.
We stopped to burn the feedsacks that were in the trailer as well as the cardboard box that had been in the chicken coop...that was kind of nasty. :)
Daddy backed the trailer up and I attempted to guide him in straight. I don't think he really needed me, though. Then I climbed the fence and started moving the heifers into the hopper pen while Daddy scrounged out the hot-shots. He handed me mine (the little short one--I can't handle the longer one with much accuracy) and then got the hopper ready. I went outside the pens and helped run the heifers into the trailer and then slid the door shut behind them.
The next move was to transfer Charlotte into the center pen with the water trough...she's old enough to start needing/learning how to drink water. I actually sat on the edge of the water trough this evening and got some into her after her bottle. I'd scoop the water into my hand and poke my fingers into her mouth and she sucked it down. She seemed like she was enjoying it, yet was slightly curious about the flavor (or lack thereof.) I couldn't quite get her nose into the water, but I'll keep trying.
We took the heifers off and pulled into the heifer pen. Meanwhile Snip, their next door neighbor, started dancing like a goof-ball. We let them stand for a few minutes while Daddy had me go to the barn and get a bucket full of feed. I fed some of them a little through the bars before Daddy opened the back and had me toll them out. I dumped the feed into the tub while they were watching...but the only one who stayed around was "Big Red". She stood there and ate most of it by herself! Last time I looked, "August" and "Little Red" were in with the neighbor's heifers! Daddy says he thinks they'll come back over...which I think I agree with. Cows are herd animals and they know with whom they belong.
Anyway, after Daddy washed the trailer out, we (but mostly him) finished putting the plastic chicken wire up on the thing. We turned it into the chicken hospital. I found another dead rooster and a seriously wounded one--then three more that needed special care. After that, we moved the chicken coops--that's when I found those others that needed doctoring. My hands still smell of sulfer...
So, as you can see, I kept busy today...as did Daddy. :) Savannah went to the chiropractor today, but she too was busy with other things throughout the day. She is my 'nurse' when I'm the chicken 'doctor'. "Nurse, give me some goop." I don't call her nurse for real though...and the 'goop' is a sulfer based yellow paste--which is why I stink of sulfer.
Until next time!