Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Storage Space

As our time here marches on, we have gathered more equipment, we hang on to bits of wood, insulation all kinds of things that one day may come in handy, all this stuff takes up space in the big barn, space we need for storing animal feeds and hay.
Martin being home for a few days this week, got to work utilising the storage space we have.

Using some scaffold boards and tubes he has built a storage space above the dry store unit in the barn.
Not a space I will be accessing as for me its too high up and access is with a ladder, heights ladders and me don't go together.
It is a nice big store area which he is now filling with all the things that are not used all the time but needed for the future.
Another bit of news 
The Doves
They are netted over and confined to quarters unfortunately, not they have done anything wrong, its for there protection.
 Since securing the chicken area from buzzard attacks, the buzzards have turned there attention to next doors chickens, they were locked in after a few losses,  they have now started on the doves, we have lost two in the past week to there Ariel attacks, when the attacks started I did a bit of research and the solution was to enclose the doves for several weeks and the buzzards will move off to another area were there is a food source, there is insufficient wild food to support the buzzards here, we are not the only ones suffering attacks it it becoming a problem in the area, too many buzzards too little food. 
Magpies are also a pest every time the doves laid eggs the magpies would take them, so no chance of building up numbers, we have lost all the females now. 

Diary 
Wednesday 17th November  1982
Overslept up at 9-30am, Lucky still not calved, David and Margaret went home, did some washing, cleaned through.
John measured up pipes for washing machine, packed away more things upstairs, made 3 loaves with new yeast and 6 rolls.
John had bath, rained all day wind got up in the evening.
Did some patching on John's jeans, put a pocket inside green quilted jacket. Found Lucky with punctured bag.

21 comments:

  1. What a shame about the doves. Will an all male group be happy together? I should hang onto that Martin guy...he seems to be rather useful! x

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    1. Martin is a useful man to have around.

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  2. Oh Dawn I'm so sorry about the dove losses. What a shame you have lost all the ladies. Good storgae solution. Our long term plan of having a barn for such a purpose can't come quickly enough for Jon!

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    1. This barn is suppose to be mine, Martin has the other one

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  3. That's a shame to lose all your female doves, no chance to build up the group.

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    1. We are going to try and build up numbers

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  4. Really sorry to read this, we had a sparrow hawk in the horses barn the other night and I did worry slightly that it would attack the horses. Sounds OTT but you never know. Horses have eyes too.
    I love that you're making good use of all the available space to you.

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    1. We have the occasional sparrow hawk passing through, boy they are quick

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  5. I have barn envy!
    Predators are such a worry! We have to provide lots of low bushes for the chickens to hide under or the hawks just carry them all off.

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    1. Unfortunately the Doves like to hang around on the roof top, ideal for the buzzard to pick them off.

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  6. Interesting about the buzzards. We have hundreds of rabbits here and buzzards do like rabbit, so perhaps that helps. There are often three circling, but so far we haven't lost a single chicken.

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    1. There is no rabbits up here, I think the buzzards have had them all

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  7. Hi Dawn sorry about the doves. At least they are safe under the nets, but sad to have lost all the ladies. Will you restock it would be a shame not to especially if you manage to sort out the predators Take care pattypanx

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    1. We are enquiring about some females and get them breeding again.

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  8. Oh Dawn I am so sorry to hear about the doves. That is very sad-x-

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  9. Oh no :( I'm sorry to hear about the loss of the lady doves :(

    But love the storage solution. I might let my partner hang on to more if there was a place to store it ;)

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    1. We just seem to have accumulated a lot more stuff that is always handy to keep hold of.

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  10. Oh, I am so sorry about the doves. I do hope you get rid of the buzzards.

    God bless.

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    1. all we can do is deter the buzzards, we hope now there is nothing here for them they will find new feeding grounds.

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  11. Shame about the female Doves. There is always something ready to eat our produce. If its not foxes and chickens its caterpillars on the cabbage. You just have to stay one step ahead.

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