The Heebie-Jeebies

I have a problem.

I have 50 meat chicks arriving next week (possibly Monday) and I need to clean out the goat shed to use as a brooder.

There’s a ton of hay and pine shavings and goat and chicken poop in there.  Also a dog crate.

These things are not a problem.  I did a lot of work over the winter breaking up the really packed – down and hardened portions of it.  Now it just needs shoveling out and some shop vac work to make it habitable again.

I have today, Friday, and the weekend to get it done.

No problem, right?  I might even white – wash the inside walls.

I waited until the hot portion of the day had passed, went out with my shovel and began to work.

Until.

That thing is fully the size of my hand.

Paul took these pictures after I ran screaming out of there.  Then he tried to kill it, whereupon it got away and disappeared.

You understand I can’t go back in there now, right?

No seriously.  I know you think I am being funny or dramatic for blog’s sake, but no.  I really can’t go back in there now.

You see the problem?

50 chickens?

No place to go?

Useless goat shed?

You think Paul will let me burn it down and build another?

I didn’t think so either.

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9 thoughts on “The Heebie-Jeebies

  1. hehe I would react exactly the same way! I once refused to sleep in my own bed for 3 nights because I saw a spider and he disappeared (and it wasn’t even a big one). To know that it might still be in there somewhere.. yuk! Only one solution; you’ll have to convince someone else to clean the shed 🙂

  2. Yikes!! I feel your pain – though I’m generally not afraid of spiders I sure hate them in very enclosed spaces like that…ick.

    Last week Frank and I took a few kids to the mountains for the day and we saw 3 tarantulas!!! I’ve never seen any up close and in the wild before and they were really cool…the kids were on top of picnic tables screaming.

  3. By all means, persuade Paul in any way you can (and I know you will be able to come up with more than just one) and have him clean it out. Being frightened of big black things with all those legs, my second suggestion is the burn it down and build another!!!

  4. Imagine you’re traveling in Japan an you’ve spent all day walking for miles and miles. You get to your Ryokan (which is rather like an American bed-and-breakfast) and after dinner, settle into a lovely, deep, hot bath (the Japanese people KNOW how to make a bathtub). You lean back, relaxing into the water, and as you tip your head back to rest on the edge of the tub, you see a SPIDER THAT LOOKS JUST LIKE THAT right over your head.

    You’d be amazed how fast a fat chick can scramble out of a bathtub when she’s motivated.

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