There are three things I do every day in the barnyard. Feed my animals, love my animals, and pick up my animals’ poop.
Some days I build things. Some days I repair things that are broken. Some days I scrub stuff that is dirty.
But mostly, it’s the first three. Food, love, poop.
Feeding is oh so rewarding. “Oh LADY! You’re here again! With FOOD! Thank you thank you thank you”. Love…well…that one makes me swoon. I love them and I know they love me. It’s like the best thing ever. Then there’s the poop.
As those of you with chickens know, they poop a lot at night. I’ve got a board underneath their nighttime roost that catches all of that. Quick scrape in the morning, problem solved. Pig? Let’s just say it’s obvious and easy to deal with. I don’t really want to draw you a picture. But goats? Oh, man, goats are master poopers. Little jellybean-sized poops. And they walk and poop. So it’s everywhere. EVERYWHERE, I say.
But here’s my favorite (?) part. I think the goats believe their pooping makes me happy. Really. I believe this.
Here’s why. I take my handy-dandy rake and shovel into the barnyard after morning feeding time. I start raking up goat poop. The goats come close, and watch. I give them all a pat and a kind word, turn my back, and keep scooping poop. Because that’s my job.
Behind me, those four loved and loving goats must be thinking, “Look! She wants the poop! She’s gathering it so diligently! She MUST WANT MORE!” So as I scoop, they get busy and poop. Even more than I scoop.
I scoop the poop from the shed down to the grass, turn around, and I’ve got four goats looking at me with the most gorgeous goat eyes…and poop everywhere I just cleaned.
They gather round me and rub against my legs. I give them more pets and rub their ears because they love that so much. I lean on my rake, look back up towards the shed at all that poop and laugh.
Every morning, this is my routine. These are my funny, silly goats.
This is my life. And I would not trade it for anything.
(Shared at Backyard Farming Connection, Tuesdays With A Twist, Maple Hill Hop, Clever Chicks Hop, Homestead Barn Hop, Simple Saturdays, From the Farm Hop, Old-Fashioned Friday and Little House Friday)