Call me in twenty minutes
I went out to do emergency rabbit pen work today. We had freezing rain the other day, an inch! I looked at my rabbit shed/pen yesterday and noticed the ice had built up and caught water and froze. I could tell it could pull down my roof so my project for the next morning was Operation Rabbit Pen Rescue. This is the pen where the door froze shut and I had to make a new one a few days before.
Before I left I gave my mom my cell phone number and said, "If I am not in in 20 minutes call me." She gave me that look and asked what I was doing. It's dangerous just call in 20 minutes. My mother knows if she cannot get a hold of me in a few tries just to call for help.
I will admit this pen went up late November and was not really planned out as well as it could have been so it served its purpose. I will tweak it and make it better.
So I went out and moved the ducks first, Yes I had three ducks in with my rabbits, running below the pens. It actually worked quite well when the weather was cold. Then I moved my rabbits. My new door was not as wide as my rabbit cages so I had to move the rabbits by hand to spare pens and later lift the cages over the top of the pen. I had one damaged roof board but there was no way to successfully prop it so I decided to work only from the front and outside.
Twenty minutes had passed so it was time to head in. I made lunch, took a break, then went back out.
The entire roof had to come off and with the ice it was heavy. I chipped off what ice I could. There were three layers of snow and ice just from the last week. (we had winter all in one week here)
I chipped at the broken board to weaken it more and figured a little time would help it break a bit more. The plan, to just let the roof fall in the pen and replace it tomorrow I still have benches in there and really did not want them to get ruined but...
I heard what sounded like music from an ice cream truck and could not figure out where that noise was coming from. Oh, my back pocket. Yes, I do not use a cell phone much. By time I figured my butt was ringing, my hands were too wet to answer it. I just headed to the house to check in. I had one concerned mom waiting.
After a trip downtown, it was time to tuck in any animals and try to get the roof the rest of the way down before dusk. Success! No blood or injuries but I do have a mess to clean up tomorrow. And a new pen to design in my head this evening
My rabbits are in a spare mini coop for the night, all warm and properly fed. My ducks have a new home for the night and are not happy. They kept going back to the old pen. Its filled with ice so they had to re-home for the night.
So tomorrow will be a busy day, Hopefully it will not be an all day job. With homesteading you never know. One so called small project can take a day or two.