A farmer once told me that 10 percent of the animals cause 90 percent of the work.
It could be the dog that must be walked separately because she "works" the other dogs; the ewe that has trouble birthing; the bottle lamb; the horse who is an escape artist; or the horse that requires a special diet.
A solution to the problem could be culling the offending animals. But then, another steps up to cause woes.
This week, the aggravation comes from this pretty little pullet. A week ago, she discovered that she could fly over the fence and get into the yard which has better grass and more space.
It also has a chicken-herding dog.
So, before letting the dogs out, I must make sure the hen is not in the yard. If she is, I must get some scratch grain, feed the other chickens, and open the gate so she will join her friends.
I usually have about ten minutes before she flies back into the yard.
"I'm trying to watch out for you," I tell her.
She ruffles her feathers.
I look at her. I look at the remaining nine chickens in the chicken pen. I consider if her offenses are worse than something one of those might do.
Shaking my head, I walk away.