This weekend we were blessed with pretty great weather – downright summery at times – which was fantastically well timed. With a long weekend for Canadian Thanksgiving, we had a huge list of outdoor jobs needing attention before winter, and we made some wonderful progress, including mucking out the chicken coop and storing more hay, planting two trees, dismantling our old chicken run (as our chickens are happily free-roaming these days), and continuing some fencing and construction of a gate in one corner of our property.
Not included this weekend was the construction of a simple pyramid haystack, which my husband made at the end of the summer, and stacked with the help of our teenager. Looking for ways to store hay when you don’t have a barn calls for creativity, and my husband found an extremely simple plan for a pyramid-shaped haystack made from boards and a bit of rope on a scything website (of course):
Making a Hay Rack from Scythe Supply
This simple structure allows for quite a lot of hay to be stacked off the ground and kept under cover with a tarp that’s weighted down.
Reggie joined in for a while, and then watched the proceedings on a bed of hay.
My husband fashioned a hay fork out of a small tree trunk that he fitted with an old iron fork found in a barn a couple of years ago.
Once the first load of hay went on, we fitted a huge (old) tarp over top and weighed down the edges with large laundry detergent bottles filled with water. This works quite nicely. We’ve since taken the cover off a couple of times to stack more hay, and it’s very full now. It looks a lot like the finished photo on the Scythe Supply site.
We’ve since found some interesting things under the hayrack, including:
1) the electric drill my husband used in constructing the hayrack (see very first photo at top to see it peeking out, about to go missing for a week or so)
2) the chickens themselves – the first time we went outside, calling for them, and watched them emerge, one by one, from under the stack was absolutely hilarious
3) eggs – since relaxing enough to allow the birds to be entirely free roaming, we find eggs in some of the craziest places, including a stash under the haystack
This was a very fast build and a very satisfying project.