Boo loves snow and has no interest in any discussion about cold that may result in the curtailment of his outdoor ventures.
We have snow again. Just a few inches.
It blew snow showers all day yesterday, so the north doors had to be closed. Sheep hate to be locked inside but the barn would be filled with snow if I did not shut their big door. Mama has shown real signs of good strong recovery in the last week. I think she is almost back up to speed. Just in the nick of time too. Bad winter is coming to give us ‘the bash’.
Last night it was forecast to go down to -3F(-19C) – and by Sunday we will be at -14F (-25C) with a bendy tree. These temperatures are pretty extreme for our neck of the woods. And though I am not concerned for our wooly flock…
I am concerned for our Pigs. They do not have wooly coats. Though the Hereford breed does have quite long coarse hair and are known for their hardiness. Everyone is fat and healthy though and that is a good start.
Once again today Sheila picked up her bowl and carried it (full of food) into her bedroom to eat. Too cold out there in the snow evidently!
I can’t wait until she does this when I have a camera in my hand.
Today I will continue to line her bedroom with straw bales so she sleeps down in a draft free space. She will have two blankets and both she and the plonkers have a heat lamp that they sleep under. But I don’t know. Minus 14 with a bad wind is freaky cold for a piggie.
Queenie and Daisy also have deep beds. We scoop all around the two areas designated for sleeping. They are not fed where they sleep so they don’t tend to loaf about and make a mess in there, well not too much, so on either side of their big pen are two big deep straw filled spaces. I keep clean straw on top. In these temperatures when they poo it immediately freezes. So it is easy to take the manure out in these frozen piles (unless it hits the concrete floor then it is there for the duration) but I can keep their straw beds clean. They always sleep in the same place. In their own corners, so Daisy has the super size extra king and Queenie (of course) has a Queen sized bed.
When it thaws we do a big clean up and start all over again.
I hope you have a lovely day.
Your friend on the farmy,