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Congrats Dani. Hope you have a good hatch.
Sure been quiet on here but I haven't had time to sit on the computer either. I finally got my tree decorated last night. Not what I was planning on cause some of my plans simply didn't work like I wanted but at least it's a tree. Not a gift under it yet though. I need to get busy today and finish some projects that have to be done this weekend. It's supposed to be warmer this afternoon before the major cold comes in so I am going to try to install my electronic gate latch. My oldest Pyr has learned how to open the gate with her nose in spite of the controller. I have so many other things that need to be finished up but this is of top importance. Stupid deer hunters will shoot her if she is out.
I've been feeling awful the last few days with this virus I have, I've mostly been laying around except to go out & do my feeding. Today I asked my DH to do it because I told him I just am not going to get better if I have to keep going out there in the cold. Yesterday I was out even more & I think I paid for that. We had to load up the 4 wether lambs we were taking to the locker for processing & I had to go help get them to the truck & into the cage we put back there to haul them in. I could hardly breathe by the time we got them all wrestled into the truck & he left with them. That was a relief to have them gone though because they were eating me out of house & home. I just have my oldest ewe, the ram, the young ewe, & the little ram lamb that was just born recently who will go for processing in a few months as well. My feed usuage should be reduced by half now, what a relief. This is the first time we have taken 4 lambs at one time but the ewes I had both had twin ram lambs this year.
@chicken danz how in the world did that dog manage to get the gate opened without the controller? That's the pits, I hope you can get it fixed so she can't get out.
Congrats Dani on the eggs developing! I candled my Mille Fleur Cochin eggs & all 8 in there look to be developing so hopefully out of those I will get some more little pullets to add.
Trish, I hope you get to feeling better soon. Congrats on getting those lambs sent off - it is always nice to get something like that behind you and stop having to feed them.
Danz, I hope you were able to get your gate latch installed. The wind is killer today.
Before bed last night I looked at the hourly forecast and it looked like it is only going down. So, when I woke early this morning, I used it as an opportunity to get out and do morning chores while the temp was higher than it will be at the usual time. With wind chill it was still plenty cold but it was nice to be in with everyone fed and watered by 8am instead of just heading out to get started at that time.
None of us is looking forward to this weekend I'm sure. I did everything I could yesterday to make my life easier today. All the feed bins are full so at least I only have to dole out feed instead of having to haul heavy bags of feed as well. Water I can't do much about - what they drink, is what they drink and I have to haul it all from the house over the winter. They start every night with full water bowls/buckets, but by the next day I always have to haul more anyway.
We're getting pretty heavy snow now. @HEChicken I didn't install my gate latch. I got busy cleaning out runs in the building and ran out of time. It never did stop drizzling and raining yesterday. Now it's all ice. Sure enough the wind blew the gate open a foot or so and all the dogs were out this morning. It's chained shut now and will stay that way unless we have to leave. DH has to go get more gas for the generators after while so if we lose power we can still keep warm. With the high winds I'd guess we most likely will. Topeka has already put emergency measures in place due to the large number of accidents this morning.
I sighed relief this morning when one of my sons and wife cancelled our Christmas get together tomorrow. I wasn't going to be the one to cancel and was so glad they did. While I was talking to his wife, my son backed out of their driveway and slid out into the street. She said he just drove back in and said they weren't going any where for any thing. Not sure what the weather is like down there close to the Wichita area but here it's insane.
When I'm ready to go bare the brunt of the cold, I'm going to work on the pullies for the pop doors in the building and close all those for the next day or two. I'm afraid it's going to freeze in there if I don't. I hate to confine the birds but they'll get over it. DH and I are also going to corral all the geese into their pen. They've got shelter there and they otherwise will be crowded up against the south side of the house. I need to get one more bale of straw out there for the last shelter. I ran out of time to do that yesterday. No matter what there is always something else to do for severe weather.
Well I did all I could yesterday to get ready. I went out with my winter hose & changed out all the water so it was fresh & then hauled two more bales of straw up & took the pup some for his house again. He won't leave it in there but I tried & put some more out in his pen. So far he has not used the dog igloo just like the other two LGDs. He plays in it & takes his bowl & stuff in there but that's it. At least it's in there if he wants it. My other two are sitting out in the snow as usual. It is snowing here now but small stuff, it may be getting a little bit bigger. HEChicken you were the smart one going out & getting chores done, I still have to brave it & go out & do mine. I was hoping my DH would get back & come out & help me, but so far he's not back. I'm still coughing quite a bit, I have this congestion in my lungs I haven't gotten rid of yet. The head part of it is getting better but I'm still not well yet.
We had freezing fog yesterday which caused lots of havoc on the roadways from what I saw on FB. We've got several inches of snow now. Doing morning chores was no fun. It always takes longer to do morning chores when it's cold out, and it was COLD this morning! I felt like a human marshmallow with all my layers on. :D The sad thing is that I could've used a couple more... Even worse, it is supposed to be even colder tonight. Actual temps are forecast to be down to -11*F. BRRR! I sure hope all the outside animals are okay in that. Neither my ducks nor my chickens have come out of their respective shelters today. I don't blame them one bit!
I just came back in from doing evening chores. it is miserable out there and only supposed to get worse! The thermometer says 0*F with a forecasted low of -11*F, and that's not including wind chill. I hope ya'll are staying warm!
I've got a question for some of you more experienced chicken keepers. I usually keep my food and water outside the chicken coop. Judging by the foot prints, it looks like I've only had maybe one or two birds come out of the coop for water and none for food. I moved the food bowl into the coop for them but moving the water is more work because it involves extension cords and such. Will they go out if they really need a drink? What about the little chicks? Any suggestions to get them through this cold spell? Ugh! Ducks are so much easier!
I brought my oldest chicken in the house. We have an area that isn't as warm, and I have a really large dog kennel for her. She lives alone in the hoop coop (by her choice), and it is just too cold out there for that drafty thing without someone to cuddle with.
Lizbeth is the last of my "My Pet Chicken"s from 2010, and she is the only real pet in the flock, so she gets special treatment.
I have a few - well more than a few - pets like that too Sharol.
Lizzy, so funny you think ducks are easier. I got rid of my ducks two years ago because they were such a pain compared to the chickens! I actually moved my water bowl into the coop this afternoon for the first time ever. I have no option but an extension cord and I was finding that outside the heating element wasn't able to keep up and kept tripping the GFCI. So finally I decided to try it in the coop instead, in hopes it will actually stay unfrozen. Part of the reason for my decision was that where in good weather I have to refill the bowl several times, today it got to late afternoon and they'd barely touched it. Sure enough, as soon as I moved it into the coop, there was a crowd around it getting a drink. So I guess they were thirsty but just didn't want to brave the -20 wind chills to get water.