Tag Archives: winterizing

More Weekend Work

12 Nov

I spent a lot of time on our beautiful Saturday trying to get ready for the cold.  That means I got all the heated tubs of water going before we get down to 8°F (-13.33°C).  I put some of my old ladies up north for a little extra TLC.  Harley, Penny, and Bonnie are all up there now.

Penny

Bonnie is still just not seeming to do well with the copper she got.  I might have to give her another.  You can see the bright red on her face.  Her whole body should be that red.

Bonnie

I’ve also started trying to get everyone’s hooves trimmed.

Maisie

Some of them have suddenly gotten the white line disease.  I’m not happy with that.  Poor babies.

Moose

Moose might have been a big baby about getting his feet done.

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.

Getting Winter Ready and the Geese

27 Nov

It’s that time of year when I have to prepare for winter even if I don’t want to. My first order of business was to unhobble the two gates and panel that are blocking my gate between the yard and barnyard.  I had to do that when there were yard goats fighting with barnyard goats and they destroyed it.

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I had hoped to replace my front fence and this section when we did dirt work from the garage, but those things have a way of not getting done.  Now it’s down to just the panel, but I have it nailed to swing like a gate.  Hopefully this will get me through the winter.  It will probably be next spring before I can finish clearing all the animal stuff off my patio.

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You might have noticed the goose in the first shot.  Yeah.  I still have my geese in the yard because of losing half of them to coyotes this summer.  I’ve been trying to figure out where to put everyone so they have shelter, will get to eat and be safe.  Some of the smaller geese have been going into the barnyard, and they’ve even been spending the night, so I figured it was safe to put them back over there.  geese_8074ews

I let the big geese in (I bribed them with corn) the barnyard.  As the others came to join, I realized I was missing the Chinese girl.  I panicked.  I looked everywhere.  I walked in pasture and looked through the buildings.  I couldn’t find her or a pile of feathers anywhere.

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I didn’t know what to do with the rest of them.  I thought they’d be safe.  I tried getting them into the chicken pen, but they wouldn’t go in.  I finally gave up and went back to winterizing.  I have all of my water tubs cleaned and in place and ready to plug heaters in.

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Then I saw her.  She was completely unconcerned with the fact that I was nearly hysterical over losing another goose.  They are all nine still here.

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the nine remaining geese

Thankfully.  I do have a bit of a ratio problem.  I know I have two girls, six guys and one unknown.  I will be hopefully getting more girls this spring.

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