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Adding Days to the Food Supply

22 Jan

With the snow melt and warmer weather, we are adding days to my food supply.  Just the warmer weather lets me cut down on how many bales I feed each day.

Vanna, Buster, and Clover

If I keep feeding them the same amount, they don’t eat it, and it just becomes a soft bed.

Dolly and Lily (I know it’s not really a whole pile of hay, but they are awfully cute snuggled together.)

Then I did adjust the fencing/gates so they can go back out onto the front pasture.  They spent a good hour out there the first morning after I opened it.

Odie and Maybeline

They went out again Sunday morning despite the overnight drizzle and morning fog.

In addition to that, Fionn and his girls are eating the left over hay bale from Odie and Maybeline.

Harley (front) and Haley

Victoria and Reeva

If the pasture stays free of snow, I’ll be sitting pretty for hay!

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Back in the Deep Freeze

15 Jan

Yesterday’s temperatures weren’t too bad–a little below average with a fairly cold wind, but it was okay.  Overnight we had snow, the temperatures dropped to around the zero mark (-17.8 *C) and the winds picked up.

That’s where we’re sitting until it starts to improve on Wednesday.  I was so focused on checking animals and quickly snapping a couple of pictures that I didn’t even notice the sun dogs until I got the pictures onto the computer.

I’m glad I didn’t have to work today because of the MLK holiday.  I went out and gave the animals an extra feeding this morning.  Everyone but Lily got up to eat.  That means I hauled Lily back to the garge with Aurora and Stormy and Vixen.  It didn’t take her long to quit shivering and take advantage of the hay inside.

Lily

Unfortunately, Pistol is not an assertive goat, and everyone kept looking at her or acting like they were going to pick on her (or actually butting her), and she kept going outside with her girl, Astra, following her.  This is not where I want them when the windchills are at -22*F (-30*C).  I kept finding them shivering on the south side of the barn, and when I came out to take a couple of pictures, they were just standing in the middle of the barnyard.

Pistol and Astra

You guessed it.  I hauled them to the garage too.  We’re pretty much at maximum capacity in there.

I think I’m going to have to kick my car out or something if this crazy up and down deep freeze weather continues.

Vixen was considering being naughty and picking on Pistol, but I scolded her and she thought better of it–at least while I was standing there.  I hope they all settle down.

If the weather could just be a little less all over the place it would help.

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…