Filed under: chickens, farm, goats, preparedness | Tags: blanket, chickens, farm animals, galvanized waterer, goat coat, molasses, shivering goats, sweaters, winter care
This morning we woke up to this:
This am, both of the goats were shivering. Time for the coats.
We checked on them later, and alas, the Dongo was still shivering. Time for a new tactic. Enter the sweatshirt.
(Note for Mom: for Christmas next year, Roppongi probably takes a large not a medium, but maybe with 3/4 length sleeves!)
She looks a bit dashing in that shot, don’t you think?
But no, she was glum. This pic captures her mood.
She knew what was coming, the big blue sheet went on over top of the sweatshirt.
We did manage to cheer her up a bit though, with her favorite winter treat–hot molasses water. Mix about a tablespoon of molasses into about 3 litres or a gallon of water. Some people say that their goats really like the water hot and not warm. Today I tried that, and sure enough, Roppongi drank most of the bucket. They love it, and it’s a nice energy boost and vitamins for them.
In other winter news, note to self–this is why they made plastic chicken waterers.
I always wondered why people made the plastic ones, the galvanized ones would seem to last much longer. I like this nice big one in the summer in their run. It’s big so I don’t have to keep refilling it. Our plastic one was leaking last night, so I had to use the galvanized one, and lo and behold–you can’t get the frozen ice chunk out of it in the morning. ARGH. So we went out and bought a new plastic one today.
Other than a few small gripes, we’re all doing ok in the big cold. Just waiting it out until tomorrow. The kids had no school today, and they’re on a two hour delay tomorrow. But it should be up to the 40s maybe by the end of the week. Whew!
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