We’ve had a record cold spell hit our area. I know many of you have, too. This artic blast, polar vortex, whatever you want to call it, has caused it to be colder this time of year than it has been in a decade. I. Don’t. Like. It. It’s bad enough to have winter in January and February, but in November?!? No, thank you!
It has caused us to make some winter preparations for our farm earlier than usual. One such preparation involved moving the hens into a large pen in our bar n where their water and food and coops will be. We’ve laid out fresh hay and pine shavings. The ladies seem as snug as a bug in a rug. They are having the time of their lives. Except for the one or two who keep flying out and getting into the big pasture. They haven’t fared so well.
Then there is the matter of breaking all the ice in the water troughs.( I know. It would be so nice to have electricity and an underground water system but we’re not there yet. Don’t judge.) That’s a coooold job -but it’s not mine. It’s my husband’s. Bless his sweet heart! Although I did walk around the pasture like 100 times in below freezing temps because we could’nt find our big dogs. (I know. How could we lose two 150 pound dogs?!? But that’s a story for another day.) They were found and all is well.
The big dogs love the cold weather. So do the alpacas. They have built in fur coats. The sheep are indifferent to it as far as we can tell. However, the little pygmy goats head for the barn at the first sign of bad weather. And I’ll be right behind them. I hope you stay safe and warm this long winter season. Remember to thank the good Lord for all the simple joys that can be found in the ordinary days of life.. Even cold ones.