Yesterday I finished shoveling all the proverbial out of the cow’s loafing/bedroom. I got it all clean then spread out the bale of straw to make their beds, then the cows came back in and began to EAT THE STRAW.  Sigh. By this morning I think they may have eaten their entire bed. This years straw is tasty!


Every year a calf finds the boot of the car. (below)

The calves creep  (small room only accessed by small calves) is locked off now  – they have to go on their knees and crawl under the bar so I think they are big enough to sleep with the big cows.   The added advantage is I can contain Lady and Aunty and the two black calves in a smaller area with less space for manure.

Now that there are only two big cows in the home barn we can reduce their barn space which is much more manageable for the pooper scooper.


Though it was a bit confusing for the babies last night. They liked their private nursery.


The temperatures will hover around freezing point today which gives me time to get some more work done in the chook house before it drops further. We seem to be averaging two or three eggs a day which is very nice.


I hope you have a lovely day.

Love celi


Tuesday 01/23 60% / < 1 in
Mainly cloudy with snow showers around this morning. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds WNW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 60%.

Tuesday Night 01/23 10% / 0 in
Partly cloudy this evening, then becoming cloudy after midnight. Low around 20F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

7:10 am 4:59 pm

Waxing Crescent, 35% visible 10:46 am 11:38 pm


24 Comments on “WET WET WET

  1. Just love your big ole barn! We could put four, or probably even five of our barn inside yours! And I also love the big ole barn on the West side too! I’ve been meaning to ask if the silos on the West side are used for anything these days?

  2. I love the line of clouds in the last image. It could almost be mistaken for tree-covered distant hills. I hope the snow arriving won’t be too much of an added burden to your chores.

  3. Lovely. Love those cows and piggies. Question – I don’t know much about chickens and can’t remember what you wrote before, but do all chickens stop laying when its cold? Or is it seasonal? So if you lived in the sunny warm south would they keep laying?

    • Chickens are solar powered. It takes about 14 hours of light (can be supplemented with electric if you like) to lay an egg.

      • Yes, it is seasonal. As the sun hours wane so does the egg laying. Now that we are getting longer days the egg laying is starting up again. The cold does affect them a bit. When very cold they seem to huddle down and not do terribly much that day. This gives the chickens a natural rest period. But generally, as bagheeracr says, it is all about LIGHT. Good question! c

  4. Congrats on the eggs and “clean out”.
    Is that one of the “Piglets Three”?
    Good to have a calf adventurous/ determined enough to hop and do a vacuum on the boot; )

  5. All young mammals seem to be explorers and play. And all adult mammals seem to indulge this. I love that the adult cows are watching that calf in the trunk and probably thinking “just being a calf.”

  6. your animals can be perhaps very annoying to you but quite entertaining to us. That straw must be very tasty! Love the pic of little piggy peeking!

  7. Those last two photos are just beautiful! The clouds behind the barn look like mountains!

  8. Lucky you getting three eggs. We’re excited if we get one and that’s from one of the silkies so it’s a WEE one!

  9. My favourite today is the photo of the calf in the boot, with a glowing Aunty Del ear appearing in the foreground like a turn indicator. I know it’s a lot of work for you, but if the cows like the straw to eat, isn’t it cheaper than hay to feed out?

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