It’s hay time


Saturday 25 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

It’s hay cutting time for me, but of course it’s all done by hand as we farm on a small scale – just a one man band really. My only use for the hay (or straw more like) is for the chicken’s next/egg boxes, for chicks when we have them, and for trying to keep the rooster pen from becoming a quagmire during the wet months of winter.




So all I need are some 10 or so large feed/fertiliser bags stuffed as full and tight as possible, and that’s enough to keep me going all through the year..

I use a small hand scythe, as the land has far too many large rocks, trees and uneven ruts to use a full length two-hand scythe. It’s a job I like to complete before May, as that’s when the snakes are out in force, so for obvious reasons, it’s best completed before then 🙂




I cut from all over the farm; wherever is most accessible with my trusty wheelbarrow, or within a thirty metre stumble with arms full of cut grass in order to load up the wheelbarrow. The cut grass is then dried in open areas of the ‘house garden’ after the knee-high weeds there have been all cut back.




11 thoughts on “It’s hay time

  1. Brilliant! We don’t have snakes in NZ .. Thank goodness .love the set of the hay in the barrow. Bet it smells great.

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  2. joannesisco says:

    I too saw *snakes* and blanched. You are a brave man Spike!

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  3. dayphoto says:

    Oh, my heavens…and I think we work hard!



  4. fredrieka says:

    love the smell of sweet hay

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  5. Colin Huggins says:

    Sorry mate – unable to help.
    Reason you mentioned snakes and Snakes and I
    have a mutual dislike for each other. Especially
    as I have had the dubious honour of standing on one
    in Papua New Guinea and the snake didn’t take too
    kindly so bit me. Thankfully it was a very large python
    but as far as I was concerned it was one of our Aussie
    deadly breeds – an Eastern Large Brown!

    Good luck with the cutting and be vigilant!

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    • Uncle Spike says:

      No such worries around these parts, mostly we get 2m long green or brown grass snakes, who give a nasty nip, but no real bother. There are numerous venomous vipers here, but they are small and hiss a fair amount long before you see them. I usually see them out on the open dirt in the orchards each morning during summer as they await the first rays of the sun to peek over the mountains.


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