Look at Sheila in her bed. How on earth Poppy fits in there too I have no idea.
Poppy certainly wanted to fit her ears in the photo though.
But they do.
With the temperatures slowly drifting down into hell I am taking stock of the hay. I figure that as long as these two big cows get sold soon and it does not stay too cold for too long, we should last another two months with nothing at all to spare.
When it is really cold like this everyone gets extra rations to warm them from the inside out.
Tima is totally undeterred by the weather. She steams along her icy path in pursuit of food without any thought for the cold.
You cannot show weather in images – we might show the results but this image was taken in a howling wind accompanied by blowing snow. And the ducks all look so calm and warm – caught with their heads up. I put straw out on the ground for them so at least they are off the ice a little.
Straight after this shot I shooed the ducks into the barn out of the wind and off the ice and pulled their gate shut early. I gave them food and a little pot of water. I will not fill up their big dishes until it is a bit warmer. I am afraid they will become encased in ice from bathing in water and if we are in sub zero temperatures that cannot be good for a birds body temperature. Plus the water freezes faster than they can splash it rendering the dish useless for as long as the freeze lasts which could be weeks.
In these temperatures I water the animals and birds three times a day then tip out what they do not drink. Many of them have heated waters of course which makes life easier.
And look at the weather forecast below- yes – do you see that MINUS 18? I heard a meteorologist talking on the radio yesterday referencing the JANUARY OF 2014 when discussing the coming weeks. My worst winter so far was The Winter of 2014. I was deeply unimpressed.
Those kinds of temperatures result in animals with frostbite. All we can hope for is that it is a quick dip into the freeze.
Lest we forget: I grew up on a beach in New Zealand! Like the ducks this is not my natural habitat!
The ducks and the chickens have slowed down and are laying way less eggs. Too many grey cold days.
But the skies are clear this morning and it is 2f ( -16c). And there will be sun!
Have a lovely day.