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The Way Things Go

7 Nov

I am struggling with the last couple of weeks being ten degrees or so below our historical average.  I’m not ready for this!  It means I have to get ready for winter, and it never seems to be an easy task.  I don’t know why it never seems to be as easy as I think it should be.

Maisie basking on the south side of the greenhouse

Over the weekend, I decided I’d get some of the heated water ready to go.  I made a dozen trips in and out of where the boys are trying to get my light working so I could see to get the heated water tub moved into the shelter.  After digging out a different light, I finally, I got that done.

Ollie

Then I hunted all over for the heater that goes into the cattle tank.  I couldn’t find it anywhere.  Seriously.  I know I have at least one that I used last winter.  Luckily, I had one new one left, so I put that in the tank.

Litha and Zinnia

For some reason, when I was milking, the cows were standing in the barnyard bellowing, so I went to see what the problem was.  I still don’t know what the problem was, but I saw that my cattle tank was overflowing.   I opened it up again, and I could see the float was wedged against the side.  I don’t know how that happened.  Really.  I finally decided to turn the water off in the well house and call my nephew to come help me out.

I didn’t have my camera for this, so you just get a picture of the cows lounging on top of the hill.

Luckily, he got it taken care of rather easily.  I was just afraid to totally bust it off if I tried manhandling it the way he did.  But it was all good!  The next day when I got home from work, I saw something lying on the deck.  Sky!  I never know what he’s going to find in my yard.  It’s rather embarrassing, really, to see all the stuff he’s drug up to the front yard and deck.

Sky

Well, this time, he decided to rip the handle off the well house.  You know.  He saw me in there to turn the well off, so he busted in and stole the drop cord I use to plug in the goats’ heated tub and the heater for the well house.  Needless to say, I have to go shopping now.

Remind me why I got a dog.  Sigh…  Hopefully it goes better when I finish winterizing.

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It’s Too Hot

23 Sep

We are having record heat today.  It’s been horribly hot for several days now, and we have one more to go before there’s a break in the weather.

Most of the animals are hanging in there okay.  I did notice last night that it was kind of a strain on my cattle tank and well.

They drained the tank.  As fast as the water was coming in, 2J80 was slurping it up.

They eventually drained the holding tank in the well.  Poor Green 25 was not getting in to drink, and she was panting horribly.

I did give her a few partial buckets of water that I had out for the goats.  That seemed to help.  Then I did hose her down a bit too.  I went out to check her in the Back Forty today, and she’s still  stressed.

There is a breeze in the pasture, and they are all hanging out in the shade.  It’s better than in the barnyard.  Some of the cows seem to be rather muddy.

They’ve found a way to keep themselves cool.  Or at least a little cooler.  If Green 25 was smart, she’d go down there to cool off too, but she is quite clean.

The bull seemed to think dozing the day away on the mud bank would be the best way to deal with the heat.

I did try to help them out by adding several tubs of water, so more of them could drink before the well/cattle tank couldn’t keep up.

Green 25 seems to appreciate it.  I hope they can hang in there.

Barnyard Discovery

2 Aug

While I was milking Cinnamon this morning, I heard a loud moo.  The cows discovered the barnyard.  I’ve never had this many cattle in my barnyard at one time before.  It’s a good thing for them.

They were looking for the water tank. They don’t drink really often, but when they do, they’ll drink five gallons at a time, which is why I need the continuous filling water tank with cows.

Some were a bit more creative about drinking than the rest.

The little bit of water they had in the Back Forty is rapidly disappearing (and getting really gross from them walking and pooping in it).  This is about all that’s left out there.

They also needed the salt/mineral block.  I took one to them in pasture, but I think they must have rolled it into the water and let it melt.  Really?

They were noisy.

They were curious.

A bit too curious for me (that’s the bull watching me), so I did put panels across the openings.  I really don’t want them in the barn, especially where I have to hand scoop it out.

I finally found Purple 11.  I really have been a bit nervous about the bull and didn’t want to go walking through the middle of them, so I have been checking from a distance by counting (thirteen cows, twelve calves and one bull) to make sure they are all there and just standing around.  But I finally got to see her up close!  She’s still waiting to have her calf.

They explored and drank and licked the salt block and left lots of pies and then they wandered back out to pasture about an hour later.

Now that they know about the cattle tank, I assume they’ll be visiting up here about twice each day.

I hope you’ll come back to join me for Friday’s Hunt.  I have this week’s items at the top of my side bar.