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The Well Guys Were Here

7 Feb

What was Noelle watching out the window?


The well guys were here!

They pulled the pipes and wires and pump and replaced everything.

I felt horrible watching them work out in the cold.

When they finished, we put the board back on and stapled the tarp down again.

Then I started the heater.  It took it a while to warm up.  There was still snow on the floor when the air temperature half way up was at 45*F.

It takes even longer for the water lines to thaw out.  It might be a couple of days before they are thawed again.  We didn’t put the fuse in that powers the pump, since there’s no point in filling the tank to freeze.

Unfortunately, one of the water valves broke, but I guess you just keep working and repairing things until it’s functional again.  But we’re one step closer to having things working again!


Spring Weather

20 Jan

We seem to have ridden the weather hill back to the top of the temperatures.  We are 50*F (10*C), sunny and no wind today.  It’s a perfect March day in January.  I took advantage to get some stuff done outside.  I set out a new salt/mineral block, and I cleaned all my water tanks and got to use the hose to fill them up.

Moose, Casey, and Myson (aka the Three Stooges)

Considering the hydrant was frozen again this week, I was really happy to be able to use it.  I’ve never seen anything like it before.  The handle was frozen so that I couldn’t lift it.  Usually when it freezes, it’s down in the pipe below ground.  This time was crazy.

The geese are enjoying a bath for the first time in quite a while.

I also unplugged their heated bucket in the building because I’m not a fan of an electric cord sitting in water.  Notice the ring on the bucket to see how deep the puddle is.

How do I end up with such a big ice cube around their bucket?  Indoor bath.

obviously before a full bath in the pool

I trimmed Clover’s hooves.  She has the worst feet on the farm (it’s genetic), and I just can’t keep up with them no matter how hard I try.


I’m excited to say that I kicked a bunch of goats out of my garage.  Vixen was not happy, but I really need fewer critters in the garage.


I have just Stormy, Aurora and Harley’s girls in there.


Stormy is going a bit stir crazy, but she needs to stay in there and recover.  She’s making it difficult though because she’s learned how to just push her way out of my panel fence and into the rest of the garage.  Smarty pants.


I’m not sure I mentioned I put the twins in there.  I went out one morning in the last cold spell and Toffee was just standing in front of the hay.  When I picked her up, she didn’t fight and I could feel the cold from her body.  I put both girls in the garage.  I figure it won’t hurt them to stay in and get a bit of extra food for a couple of days.


The long range forecast doesn’t look quite so cold.  It’s still up and down, but now it’s more between warm and average temperatures.  I’ve already taken enough pictures today to blog for the next week about everything else that’s been going on when I didn’t have time to take pictures.

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.