It has been cold the past while as you probably know. The usual challenges with frozen hoses and bucket, but only when things are not drained properly or water is allowed to stand in the containers, outside, after everyone has had their drink. And I did a bit of that this week. The fix of course is to take hot water from the house and pour it over inverted buckets to get the lump of ice to drop out, and it usually works quite well and to stuff the frozen portion of a hose in a bucket and pour hot water over it until water runs free. Sometimes too much of the hose is froze and the whole length has to be brought in to the house and left until thawed.
Never to mind. Spring will be here shortly. Or maybe not!
The horses are coping well with this weather. The older team still looks older and the gelding is still not up to weight; but, he is slowly looking better, he is slowly gaining weight and once the weather warms his condition should improve dramatically. Right now the both of the older horses get sprouted oats, alfalfa pellets, beep pulp pellets, vegetable trimmings and vegetable extract from juicing. All this soaked in water and they get a large tub of this twice a day. The new team and the colt are looking just fine in their shaggy long winter coats.
The dogs and cats cope well. The livestock guardian dog, the Maremma, stays at the barn with the sheep and the cows. There are two cats at the barn and four well fed fat cats at the house. So long as the cats stick close to house or barn or to us, they’ll be alright. We have lost several cats in mysterious circumstances which implies COYOTE !
Chickens are a bit up and down on the lay. They are probably affected by the cold. They have several times been shut in all day as it was too windy or cold for them to go outside. If the day is sunny and cold and not too much more windy than a stiff breeze, then I’ll leave their door open. If they stay inside still then I’ll close up the door to keep the temperature in their house a bit higher.