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#1 bja105 OFFLINE  

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Posted February 09, 2014 - 02:46 PM

I got my Ford 4610 to the farm a couple of weeks ago, and got my primary goal of moving round bales done.  Now I need some warm weather to melt the snow and ice.

 

Yesterday I was defeated in almost everything I tried.  We had freezing rain on snow twice, so we have ice on the bottom and top of 6 inches of snow. 

 

I tried to clear the driveway with the loader.  I killed some grass, and exposed some ice, and got stuck a few times.  I think the driveway is worse than before!

 

I tried to clean out the manure from the horses' shed, but it was all frozen together.  I got about 1/64th of a bucket into the garden.

 

I tried to re-bury the deer carcasses deeper in the compost pile, buta fence post in the way is frozen into the ground, and I couldn't find my chain to pull it with the loader.

 

I tried to get some sawdust from the neighbor's mill for the horse shed, but got stuck on ice when I had a loader full.

 

Oh well, none of that was needed work.  I just wanted to play with my new toy.  I resigned myself to driving the road and showing the neighbors what I got.  Still a fun day.

 

We also had a Screech Owl in the house!  The boys came downstairs and said "there's an owl upstairs, what's for dinner?"


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Posted February 09, 2014 - 02:50 PM

Sounds like you need to see if you can trade that owl for a set of chains!



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Posted February 09, 2014 - 03:07 PM

Sounds like you need to see if you can trade that owl for a set of chains!

 

Can't do that down here, Brian.  Government regulations.

 

Ben W.



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Posted February 09, 2014 - 05:27 PM

Sounds like a busy somewhat unproductive day. At least you got some seat time.  Oh and by the way Owl tastes like chicken........um .....ah ......well......uh......that's what i was told !              Roger.


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Posted February 09, 2014 - 05:56 PM

The owl was very calm, it let us walk right up to it and grab it.  I felt bad tossing it outside into the cold.  It flew into the tree and watched us.  I figure it was back into the attic before I walked downstairs.

 

We frequently share this house with wildlife.  We had a Kestrel nest in the side of the house, with a noisy little Kestrel family.  Lots of mice.  I had a bat in the shower with me this summer.  And everybody's least favorite, lots of black rat snakes.

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You would think the snakes and raptors would  take out the mice, but we still have plenty.


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Posted February 09, 2014 - 06:16 PM

With the varmits and slithery thing, I would move!



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Posted February 09, 2014 - 06:27 PM

Great pic of the snake, thanks. One owl divided among how many people?  Make soup, lol., it'll go further. Any bird that can make a go of it in this winter's weather has my respect, glad you let the little guy go.


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