No Truck, No Tractor, No Problem!

| 8/24/2011 10:19:53 AM

A photo of SuzanneWe started our farming adventure with 4 dogs and 8 chickens. Nothing there that really required much in the way of machinery. Our chickens started their life here in a 12 x 12 foot dog pen. Let me tell you, one thing we learned quickly was the value of a dog pen! In the last three years we have used dog pens as a quarantine pen for alpacas, a chicken coop for chickens, birthing pens for sheep, and yes occasionally as an actual dog pen. This dog pen was quit sufficient for our 8 little hens. It was where they were raised after we purchased them as pullets in the spring of 2010. We had one dog in the house, and the other three housed outside in 2 other dog pens.

Chickens In Dog Pen 

When we got here, the entire property was fenced in a barb wire perimeter fence. The back field had ¾ of an acre of barbed wire fenced around the barn, and there was a catch pen area in the middle of the property where the previous owner loaded his cattle. Other than that, it was raw pasture and woods. No big deal for someone with a few dogs and chickens, but our farm loan was for a sheep farm. Sheep, which we had no experience or knowledge in, and had 6 months to acquire!

So here we sat watching the beautiful snow fall across dormant pasture in January. What we needed was a plan! There was fencing to put up, a small barn to build, sheep to buy, a garden to lay out, trees to plant, and guardian animals to pick out. A daunting line up for a six month time frame of weekends for sure, but there was another problem… we came here with an SUV, a hatchback car, weed eater, and a broken riding mower. No truck, no tractor, and no other machinery. See the problem?

So what exactly do you do when you need to do farm work and have no equipment? Well, the first thing you do is call your family with trucks and trailers.

Russells Truck and Trailer 

11/4/2011 12:56:40 PM

Enjoyed all that Suzanne has written. I grew up in TN, so I am interested where she lives...we have pack goats, now Icelandic Chickens...Thanks, Mary

Mark & Stacy
8/29/2011 9:55:07 AM

Hello Suzanne, great story I am glad that it all work out for you. I have "been there done that" when it comes to borrowing trailers. I have never borrowed a trailer that i did not have to fix before i could use it, one time i borrowed a trailer with tires that were not to great, but hey its a short trip just a few miles round trip and a fairly lite load no problem right? wrong I had a blow out with no spare, luckily a friend was coming back from a trail ride and seen i had trouble so he offered his horse trailer spare and it fit! Now when i borrow something i return it promptly and in as good as if not better than the condition of which i received it; now I just happen to have some slightly used (like new)tires of the same size that I did not need so being greatful for the use of the trailer i mounted and balanced them for him. this was 2 years ago and he still has not said thank you! i have not and will not borrow that trailer again.

Suzanne Cox
8/26/2011 3:44:19 PM

Oh I forgot! If you would like to see more pictures of what we have here now, I've got a farmpage on Facebook full of pictures! :) Just look for Ans Farms. I usually upload new pics each week, just shots of the animals and things around the house. I also post updates on what all is going on when I can.

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