We have also gotten a lttle head start on mucking out the barn by pulling it off to one side. (actually, shoveling manure is a form of work that the children do when they get a little naughty with me or each other) Instead of taking it out in the summer when it is hot, we opted to leave it in the barn until cooler weather to work in. In addition, it is nice to only move it once. Now we are going to haul it out the garden and dump it on the garden rows for next planting season.
And the chicken house was brought into the barn for the winter. Usually it sits out on the big pasture and gets moved daily so the birds can eat fresh grass and bugs each day. However, during the winter time, they spend most of the time inside the house huddling to stay warm. As well, it is a bear to walk half a mile to gets eggs! This year we put it in the south east side of the barn to see if is easier to deal with than where we put it last year.
The rest of the day was spent getting ready for the winter season this year. Plastic up on the patio, chicken pens away, last mowing around the pond . . .