Tag Archives: goats

Some of the Critters

16 Feb

The animals are much better at not whining about the weather than me.

Maybeline

Of course, they just order room service and hang out in the barn all day.

Myson

I was afraid Nugget was going to lose half his comb and half his wattles, and it looks like the wattles have already fallen off, but the comb is looking a little better now.  Although, I still think he’s going to lose quite a bit of the points.

Nugget and ladies

The peacocks are working hard to grow their tails out.

Everyone else is just hanging around or butting heads.

Cookie

You know, because they aren’t the ones doing chores.

They just get to stand there and munch away.

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Snow Day Shoveling Snow

13 Feb

I spent yesterday, my snow day, you know, a day of summer break, shoveling snow.  I started close to the house and cleared the deck, sidewalk, and patio. Granted, I only made paths on the patio, but still…

I also made a path to the garage.  I have to say, the front gate did drift shut again, but I got scooped out again!

Then I started my work in the barnyard.  I made a path to the greenhouse (out of the picture to the right) and shoveled around the door.

I also shoveled a big space where I could feed the goats.  I have to say, it wasn’t as bad as I’ve seen sometimes.

Moose, Joani, and Wanda

I did have to clear in front of the barn door.  Luckily, they stayed in the barn most of the time I was scooping.  Their help is not really as helpful as they think.

Casey and Haley (behind)

I also cleared my red gate leading to the north paddock where my old ladies and young girls are.

Cupid

I also made a path over to the Quonsit hut.  Pistol and Antigone like to stay in there during the day.

Antigone and Pistol

Of course, I had to dig a path to the birds also. I also made a path to the cattle tank so they could get a drink.  Then I made a path to the milk room.  I made a lot of paths.

I even had to scoop the door of the buck room, so the boys and Aurora can get out without walking through huge drifts.  Thankfully, my nephew brought the big snowblower mounted on the tractor to do my driveway because I’m way too old for all this shoveling anymore.  I only had to do from the garage door to a couple of yards out.

Still, it took me most of the afternoon.  By the time I got done with chores after shoveling, the sun was sinking.  I thought it looked like a giant candle flame.

Old Lady Winter

12 Feb

This winter seemed to be slow in arriving, but now that it’s here, it’s really kicking my butt.

Overnight we had another five or six inches of snow.

Now the wind is supposed to pick up.  Of course, this means it was yet another snow day from work.

It’s starting to make me feel old.  I didn’t start feeding hay until right at the end of December, but now I’ve already gone through about half the hay on the bottom part of the barn.

Buster in the back

That’s a lot of throwing bales for this old lady.  It’s also a lot of corn that gets hauled from the bulk bin to the barn.

It wouldn’t be so bad if we didn’t get freezing rain that makes the bin freeze shut.  It makes things a lot harder.

I did finally get the bulk bin opened so I could fill all my tubs and buckets in the garage before this latest snow event.  I even remembered to pick the pans up so they didn’t get buried until spring!

I hate feeding in the barn, but we’ve had so much snow and wind and freezing rain that it’s been hard to keep them outside where it’s cleaner.

Aurora and Fionn

It’s turned into a horrible winter for the wild animals as well.  Our warm weekend that melted everything right before the frigid snow means a layer of ice that is covering food sources for many of the animals.  I’ve seen deer up near my house quite a bit lately.  The evening I took this photo there were probably ten or twelve eating in the buffer strip.

Poor babies.

I don’t remember which snow event left the weird bands of drifts across my garage roof.  I’ve never seen it do that before.

We can only dream about picnics and warm summer days right now.

At least we’re on the back side of winter and getting closer to spring.

That will make Sky happy too.