After a lovely rainfall this morning, I took a walk around the outer yard to take a closer look at the areas the cows got into.
They did a fabulous job of trampling down the grass and burdock.
In fact, their trampling meant I could access places I couldn’t before, including the door to the old chicken coop. It had been blocked off by burdock before.
When my parents bought the property, this log building was the summer kitchen. They eventually converted it to a chicken coop.
Yesterday, while walking around with my sister and our relative from Poland, I tried to open the door, but couldn’t. There is some shifting in the building, which resulted in a board that ran horizontally across the top of the door, now running across the door itself.
Overnight, however, something has managed to pull the bottom of the door out! It was not like this yesterday. The other side of the door is also partially pulled out, but there’s a board in the middle that’s basically jammed into the ground.
I thought I might be able to just pull the door off, but it’s pretty stuck, at top and bottom. I’d need to get some tools to get it done, but there’s no reason to do that right now.
What I was able to do, however, was stick my phone through the opening and use voice command to take some pictures. These made for my first view inside this building since I left the farm, 32 years ago!
It looks like no one mucked it out since before my parents stopped having chickens!
Also, it looks like someone started using it to dump things in. 😦
The openings at the back are the nesting boxes. The roosts are on the right, with stuff stacked on them. On the far right of the photo, you can see what was a ramp for the chickens to use to get up there.
The caged area on the left is where my parents kept new baby chicks until they were big enough to join the adult birds. We were able to set up a heat lamp in there for them. In the wall under the window was a little door near the floor. When we had chickens, there was a fenced area around two sides of the building, enclosing the wall with the main door, and the wall with the window. Outside this little door was a partitioned off area, so we could close off the chicks from the adult chickens outside. When the chicks were grown enough, we would just leave the doors open for all the chickens to access. Most times, spring through fall, we opened the door to the fence during the day, so the chickens could range freely.
After checking out the old chicken coop, I went over to the pump shack to check the power cord to the storage building. From the outside, everything looked fine, so I went in. I’m glad I did, because I found that when they came out of the building yesterday, the light was forgotten on!
I found the problem, too.
The cable coming through the wall cannot reach the outlet, so there is a short power cord in between. It’s one of those power cords that, when it’s plugged in at one end, there is a light that turns on at the other end. When I came in yesterday, I could see the light, but the cable through the wall was gone. I guess, after I left the pump shack to find the cable, my sister unplugged the short power cord, then went outside. When I found the cable the cows and pulled out, I pushed it through the opening in the wall again. My sister went back in, grabbed it and plugged the cable in, but didn’t plug the short power cord back into the outlet!
It was a relief to find that. I still checked for power in the storage building, just to be sure, and it’s working fine. No damaged cables! 🙂
So while the cows did get into all sorts of things, they caused very little damage, and have actually made some things easier to get to. 🙂