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Counting Hay Bales

17 Jan

Today, I’m finishing up the last of my 2016 hay.  This past year we didn’t put as many bales of hay in my barn because I still had a lot from last year that I wanted to use up.  I also wanted to clean the floor of the barn out because it’s about a foot deep in loose hay.

2017 hay

Then I started feeding the boys in August.

Sam’s back side, Fionn, and Xerxes

Now, with the crazy cold weather, I’m going through almost twice as much as I would for our more average winter temperatures.


I figured out that, if I feed five bales per day (which is generous), I can get through about the first week of March.


That’s cutting it awfully close.  I really need to plan on feeding at least some through most of March.


Then I also need to keep some to feed moms that are shut in to have their kids in June.


That means I need to either use less hay, or I’ll have to end up getting some more.  To start, I’m opening up the front pasture for everyone again so that they can go out there.  I’m guessing they’ll be happy to spend a couple of hours out there eating as soon as the snow melts by the end of this week.

That will save me a bale a day as long as the weather is decent.

Twyla, Toffee, and grandma Stormy

My nephew did say he has quite a few bales too.  That’s a good thing.


Roller Coaster Weather

9 Jan

I have a couple of graphs from that show what our temps have been like for the the last month or so (and what’s coming).  Honestly, the previous two months were even more crazy up and down.

The Iowa State vets think this is the reason Aurora had ulcers.


Odie and Stormy weren’t quite themselves over the weekend.  I shut Odie in and babied her for a day.

Odie (and Maybeline photobombing)

She seems much better now. Although, she is still annoyed with the goats.  She would love not to have to put up with goats.

I’m not sure about Stormy, so I’m still keeping a close eye on her.  She’s eating, but she just isn’t her normal self.


This weather really is horrible for the animals.  It also can cause pneumonia.  I lost three chickens.  Granted, they were getting older, but the birds really don’t handle big swings in weather. They wish they were a part of a large production facility with temperature control when it’s this cold.

(old file photo)

I would love to see some consistently average weather for the next couple of months.  Unfortunately, we’re going from nearly 50*F (10*C) tomorrow to a high of 7*F (-13.9*C) by Monday.  Sigh…

Merry Christmas

25 Dec

Some ghosts of Christmas past and one of Christmas present.





Hope you all had a Merry Christmas.