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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…

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Sunshine and Shivers

31 Dec

I think we’ve had more winter weather in the last two weeks (and the coming week) than we had all of last winter.  It’s cold.

We’ve had snow!

I’m glad I’m  home on break because I’ve spent most of the last couple days taking care of the animals.  They just need more care when it’s this cold.

It’s almost too cold to come outside to bask in the sun (and it doesn’t help a lot).  It would also help if they quit ripping my tarp on the door (right hand side) loose.

I have a few girls and kids that I shut in the greenhouse so they are certain to get enough to eat.  It’s a little warmer in there too.  Lily is my oldest girl, and I worry about her.

Lily, Viera, and Cutie

They are getting hay twice a day (instead of once) and you’d swear they think I’m not feeding them enough.  They can’t eat it all before I feed again, but you just can’t eat enough to keep warm in this weather.

Buster, Maybeline, and Odie

I’m grateful my nephew brought me some cornstalk bales, and I put that in the building with the birds.

I’m not even opening the door for them to come out.  It’s better to try and keep any wind out.

I’m glad we’re having real winter, but I think adding another ten or twenty degrees to the high temperature would be good.  For reference today’s high temperature is -6 F (-21.1 C ) and low is -20 F (-28.9C).

I will certainly miss being home to check on everyone when I have to go back to work on Tuesday.

Cock-a-Doodle Nugget

13 Nov

Look at what has happened to that tail in the last couple of weeks.  The feathers are getting longer and getting the fringe.

Nugget and one of the nasty phoenix roosters

I’m afraid my little nugget has become a rooster.