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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.

Clover

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.

Vixen

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

Aurora

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.

Stormy

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.

Toffee

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.

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Gaining Weight

10 Jan

I think the ulcer medication has really helped Aurora.  She’s eating well, and I think she’s actually gaining weight.  It’s hard to tell when I see her everyday.  I did finally feel her back, and I think she feels better.

Aurora

I did kick a couple of the goats out of the garage.  Vinnie joined Sam to get bred for June babies.

Vinnie

Lily was a pain.  The moment I put her in the garage, she decided she had to tip the food tubs over to find that one best morsel that was obviously on the bottom of the tub.  Lots of wasted  hay with that method of eating, so she got kicked out with our warmer weather.

Aurora (Aurora doesn’t like the camera flash.  Can you tell?) and Lily

She whined when I put her out, so I felt guilty and let her back in the garage.  Later, she acted like she really wanted out, so I put her back outside.  She seemed okay with that, but now she’s spending all of her time fighting with Victoria through the fence.  Seriously, Lily.  What a pain!

I did leave Vixen in the garage with Aurora because Vixen is also old and not very far up the food chain.  She’s also a much daintier eater.

Vixen

I think these two will get along; although, Vixen is acting like she wants more goat company.  Sigh.  I just can’t make everyone happy.

They might be in here together most of the winter.  We’ll see how much weight I can get on Aurora.

Roller Coaster Weather

9 Jan

I have a couple of graphs from accuweather.com 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.

Aurora

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.

Stormy

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…