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Winter Is Back

30 Dec

After over an inch of rain on Saturday, which left the barnyard a muddy boot sucking mess, we are now freezing, with snow and wind and sleet.  You can see there’s a fine layer of ice on my gate.

Sky still had to accompany me outside while I did chores and wait for me by the gate.  Don’t get me wrong, he could have gone in the dog door and waited for me there, but no…

Sky

The goats tried going to pasture for about five minutes.  I did take pity on them and gave them full hay after their grain.

Cutie (I think; maybe Ava; I can’t see enough of the horns or where Ava’s black spot would be.)

Everyone has plenty to eat.  I have to make sure I have enough piles of hay that even the little girlies get to eat.

Venus

Even the llamas decided the weather was too bad to go out to pasture.

Some of the goats were eating outside.  Caroline just looks happy that she’s not in pasture eating.

Penelope, Annie, Caroline

I even gave the geese some hay to sit on and nibble on.

But one goose decided she’d rather sit in the frozen pool.

Why?  I don’t get it, but that’s a goose for you.  I swear they have rubber feet.

Anyhow, welcome back to winter!

Birds Enjoying the Weather

27 Dec

The birds have really been enjoying the warm weather.

The peacocks have been out until dark nearly every evening this week.  You can notice the tail is starting to grow.

My chickens have been out quite a bit too.

My Easter egg chicken

The hen behind Nugget is my free-range chicken.  She was actually out free-ranging this week.

Nugget in front; Free-range hen behind

The geese have been liking it the most though.  Even though I still have one naughty gander. (The other is all threat and no bite.)

With the record warm temperatures on Christmas Day with the long dry stretch, I finally managed to get them a clean pool.

Not that it stayed clean very long.

It looks like they’ll get to keep the pool going for a little while yet.

Fall Harvest and the Gander Count

15 Nov

Even though the garden is done for the year, I’m still preserving the harvest.

I’m working on baking and freezing both squash and pumpkins.

The birds get my left-overs.  They do enjoy it.

Widow goose in back, gander, gander, young goose

I don’t think I’ve ever given the final gander count.  There was one baby that I wasn’t sure about gender.  Well, it is also a gander.

The one with his wings out looking nasty, is really nasty.

I will tell you, there is one gander who is quite the jerk.  He bites at me all the time.  He sticks his head out the fence and bites the goats’ tails and legs and ears.  Some day, he’s really going to regret that when a goat retaliates.

nasty gander and Myson

Two girls; two ganders.