Tag Archives: winter

We Made It

19 Feb

We are finally past this horrible, horrible cold streak.  Don’t get me wrong, we get those temperatures sometimes, but not for this long.  The longer it goes on, the more it wears on the animals.

I was worried about Myson and Hilda.

I finally ended up putting Blaze in the garage too.

Blaze hiding in the Ranger

She wasn’t too happy with the rest of the company.  They did pick on her, but it was better than freezing to death.

Bambi and Flower (3rd and 4th oldest goats on the farm)

I put Antigone back in the buck room because that was a better option than the cranky old ladies.

Antigone (still under the heat lamp) and Astra

And, honestly, Dolly is her grandmaa, and she was being mean too.  They drive me crazy.

Dolly (the oldest one on the farm)

Anyhow, we got through the coldest night.  It was -22°F when I got up Tuesday morning.  But it’s all getting better.

By the time I got home Tuesday afternoon, the sun was shining.

That led to icicles!

The animals were all standing outside.

Popcorn has done well despite the cold

Even Aurora came out to enjoy the sunshine.  Although, it only took about two days for her to get really demanding about having a big bowl of calf started served to her.

Litha, Aurora, and Trace

I fed them hay outside for the first time in days.

When I went back out with my camera, I forgot my gloves.  Honestly, the still wind, sunshine, and three positive degrees felt positively balmy.

Freddie and Tiger

Tansy

Purl

Of course, the clear skies mean that it was cold and dropping again by evening.  It didn’t take long for them to go back inside.

Litha (the 2nd oldest goat on the farm) in her favorite spot; Aurora and Flora behind her

I am thrilled to see the sun set on this horrible streak of cold weather.

By next week, we’re looking at forty degrees for at least one day.

But I’m Grateful

15 Feb

I’m done whining.  I can also share what I am grateful for as we are getting closer to seeing more normal temperatures.

Maybeline

I still have just a couple days of hay left from 2019.  I still have plenty of hay in the barn to get me through the winter.

old hay front left; new hay in the back and loft

While it’s normal for animals to lose weight when it’s this cold, I’m not seeing too much of that in the goats.  All the extra grain and hay they’re getting is keeping them going.

Chunky Freddie full of energy

In fact, Antigone has even gained a bit of weight. Granted, I am bringing her in the garage to eat without anyone else chasing her away, but I have the facilities to do that.

Antigone

She has been good about wearing her coat.

Astra, Antigone, and Xerxes

I’ve shut the door to the buck room at night, and it warms up overnight to the point that my water spigot (which always freezes) thaws.  They do have the best room on the farm.

My water setup outside (even though I have to replace heaters and drop cords) has been pretty good.  I don’t have to worry about getting them water.  That is huge!

And, even though she’s much cuter in warm weather when she bounces on me the whole time I’m doing chores, Purl is my sweet little girl.  She makes me laugh.

Purl

I did manage to get Aurora to follow me into the greenhouse.  I can’t get a coat on her. I can’t get a halter on her to lead her to the garage.  I only hope it’s enough.

Flora, Aurora, and Litha

I did move a couple more old goats to the garage (and put Dolly over there from the greenhouse).  I left my car in there.  Hopefully, they don’t jump on it.

Bambi, Antigone, Dolly (the blur by my car), and Flower

So, I guess I’ll quit whining, keep feeding them like crazy and hope we all make it through.

I’m Whining Now

14 Feb

With the Arctic blast continuing, all I’ve got is some thoughts on the cold with cell phone pictures because it’s too much work to take the good camera out in this stuff.  This may be all you get all week.

So cold even the geese are inside. (Cinnamon, Athena, Gidget, Hera, Joy, Zinnia, and Margarita)

It’s not even pretty.  The skies are white.

The little snow we get each day is enough to drift my walking paths shut and hide the food pans because of the winds.

You can barely see the one in the back

I swear it seems like I have to stop and buy food every day because they are going through so much in this cold.

I am past due for giving everyone their copper, but I can’t figure out how to manage peanut butter in gloves.

Most of the eggs I gather are frozen solid with straw stuck to them by the time I get home from work and gather them.

While I’m whining, I hate the doors in my garage.  They are cheap pieces of junk.  I will never have another door from Menards installed on my property ever.

Tying or blocking is the only way to keep it shut. I’ll look at it when it’s warmer out.

I’m worried about Aurora. She’s dropping weight with this extended cold. I tried catching her and leading her to the garage where I could keep her warmer and feed her extra, but I couldn’t get it done.  I’ll keep trying.

Aurora basking

And I lost my Nugget.

I’m worried he won’t be the last.