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I probably don’t have to tell you it’s been cold lately. If you live most anywhere in North America, you know.
Here in Missoula, we had fairly mild temperatures and very little precipitation for the entire month of January. When the mid west and east coast were talking Polar Vortex, I was unfazed. It wasn’t here.
Oh, but February hadn’t happened yet. Yes, the vortex was just late getting here, but it came. Yesterday’s low on the thermometer was -19. With windchill it was around -35. And snow. We got about a foot of snow last week.
Our chicken coop isn’t heated because we rarely get temperatures below 0 and we intentionally have hardy chicken breeds. But with those wind chills, it was too much for one of our roosters.
When I feed the goats in the mornings, it’s still dark. Most mornings that isn’t a problem. They would be up and calling for their food. The last few mornings, I had to go into the shed and plead with them to come out. Last night I bribed them with extra grain. They really don’t want to bother getting up. It’s just too cold.
It isn’t *supposed* to get below 0 tonight, but the actual temperatures have been colder than the projected ones… so we will see. Maybe slightly less cold is on the horizon.
Bundle up out there, kiddos.
My doe Nellie has a cold. I went out to feed and she didn’t want to come out of the shed. The other 2 girls went right to the food, but I called and called and she wouldn’t even put her head out. She finally came out when I went in the pen. Her nose sounds stuffed. It’s -2 outside. Wonderful.
I found a recipe, today I’m making caramels. The chewy kind. I hope I don’t burn them!
Also, I still haven’t mastered yogurt yet which is really frustrating because I love yogurt! I have been trying to get it right for 3 years. i have had maybe 2 really good batches. It is usually too runny. Like, almost still milk runny. I know goats milk makes thinner yogurt, but this isn’t right. But, I did read last week that pasteurizing helps because killing all the natural bacteria helps give room for the yogurt bacteria to grow. I always use raw milk, so that may be a thing I try. I don’t want to use powdered milk because ew.
If any of my goaty followers has advice, I would love to hear it!
The sound of a mother goat wailing in agony over her lost baby is something truly heartbreaking. If you think animals don’t feel, I dare you to sit with a mourning doe. It will make you cry.
Baby goat gets a new home today. I better go cuddle while I can.
Farming for three days in a row, going on four. It’s like summer, or something.
Gotta keep this up, spent 8 hours wrestling sheep today and my back is in a ginat knot but I feel great.
Wrestling small ungulates is always my favorite way to start the day. I love the smell of mud stain in the morning!
The little Lily goat STILL hasn’t kidded. I took her to the vet today for an exam to see what the heck her deal is and to have her scur horn trimmed. I was planning to have her horn trimmed after she kidded because last time they anesthetized her. But she still hasn’t popped and her horn is now poking her in the eyebrow.
I took her in knowing that she would be the last animal seen, both because she is a goat being seen by a horse and cow doctor, and because we didn’t have an appointment. There are no goat or sheep vets in town that I know of and this guy, though he is not my first choice, is the only one I know that will see them. So, I dropped her off and left. They said dr would call when she was ready. At 4:30 I went to check on her and they said she wouldn’t be ready till tomorrow. Huh. Either he just never got to her or he maybe induced her? I’m hoping for the second one.
The receptionist chick was no help. She didn’t know dick. She even scowled when I came in saying I was the one with the goat.