Tag Archives: birds

A Rainy Start to Break

9 Mar

We finally have managed to get our temperatures above freezing!  Yay!  Of course, we have major rain with it.

Pistol and Antigone are the white shadows in the building.

It is a lot of rain.  And there’s a lot of wind.  I suppose I should be grateful it’s not sixteen inches of snow with those howling winds.

But we are all ready for some sunshine.

Sky

I think the water on top of the snow has been hard for the wild birds.  Even without having been feeding the birds all winter, lots of them showed up today.  (I did put more dog food out for them.)

male cardinal

female cardinal

junco

I even had three wild turkeys go by in the corn field.

wild turkey

And then it turned to snow.  But we’re supposed to get back up to warmer weather and more rain for much of the week.  Sigh…

Fionn eating in the Quonset hut

Hopefully, the rain and warm weather will at least get rid of the snow.  Then we will be in mud season!

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Surviving the Cold

30 Jan

I am so grateful school was cancelled for Tuesday and Wednesday because Tuesday morning, when I went out to check everyone, Lily was already shivering.  I moved all five goats that were in that shelter into the garage with Tony.

Lily

They were very happy to be inside where it was warmer.  Although, it about killed both me and Harley to drag her across the barnyard.

Harley and Cupid (Tony in the back)

Dolly was being a brat to both Cupid and Harley, so I threw her in the room next door in the buck room with Xerxes, Zinnia, and Cookie.  She was a brat in there too, so I finally put her back where she was and told Lily to make her daughter be good.  It does seem that she’s finally settled down a bit.

Dolly and Xerxes

Aurora is handling the cold well.  Although, she’s ready for better weather.  We all are.

Aurora

Of course, Tony might not get any of the extra llama feed with his new roommates.  I will try to stand there and let him eat while the goats are eating their food, but holy goats, it’s cold.

Pistol and Antigone

As of preparing this post, the birds were all doing okay.  I have the door shut, and they really enjoyed the new cornstalk bale.

The three kids in the Love Shack are enjoying their heat lamp.  I wish I was set up to be able to provide heat to everyone.  Anubis and Hera quit all their running around like hormone crazed teens (Oh yeah, they were hormone crazed teens).  They did manage to dump their water bucket while they were running around though.

Hera (back), Anubis and Pluto

Luckily, the new heater in the well house is still working because my hydrant was not frozen!  Yay!  Of course, it was frozen by Wednesday morning.  The well house is warm, but I’m guessing the pipes were so cold that the water froze before it drained back down when I shut it off.  I’ll be carrying water from the milk room for the goats in the Love Shack and greenhouse.

The cattle tank is still thawed (and I assume the water is still running to it), but it’s almost frosted over.  The ice floe down the side is from our strong south wind the other day.

I’m not surprised that the hydrant froze because this morning did start cold, but so far everyone is doing okay. (I missed the picture at -26* F (-32.22 *C) when I let the dog out).

-24*F (-31.11* C) at 7 am Wednesday

Betty Lou was shivering, but that’s normal with this weather.  She is my second oldest goat, and the oldest one not in the garage.

Betty Lou at -16*F (-26.67*C)

I’ll keep checking everyone because we’re supposed to be back down to -24*F (-31.11* C) tonight.  By the weekend, we’re supposed to be back up to 40*F (4.44*C) with rain.  It’s crazy.

Trying to Be Nice

16 Dec

When I put the corn stalk bedding in the birds’ pen, I thought I’d be nice.

My old red hen is really quite old (5 or 7 years), and she spent all last winter huddled in the brooder pen.  That’s where she spent most of November too, so I thought I’d put some bedding in there for her.

old red hen

She didn’t like it.  She went back to roosting on a board, but everyone seems to think it’s the perfect spot to lay their eggs now. Oh well.  At least I know where they are laying them.

The nice weather is also perfect for my old phoenix hen to come out and take a dust bath.  She’s starting to show her age too, but she still goes up in the rafters to roost with her big Nugget.

I am also trying to be nice and give the geese a clean pool of water, but the pool was still frozen to the ground.

Do not think those chickens have to drink from that gross pool.

Nugget and hen

They have clean water inside.  Finally, the ground thawed enough that I could dump the pool.  The geese were happy to get to take a bath.

Although the clean water didn’t stay clean for very long.  And while we’re in the bird pen,

I will share that the peacocks are busy growing their tales out again.  This is the same peacock.  I can’t tell you if it is dad or son.  Maybe when their tales are grown out I’ll be able to tell them apart for one last year.

It amazes me that they can lose their tale and grow completely new ones in time for spring.