The week past was quite trying because of the weather. Lots of snow plugging up our laneway and strong winds blowing it about though surprisingly the drifting did not seem too bad. Then on top of all that it was very cold, still is today and predicted to be so again tomorrow before thing warm up a bit. We therefore had to burn a lot more wood to try to keep the temperature up but that is difficult with the wind and cold especially at night.
We have not been able to do any more work spreading compost or straw mulch on the garden because of the snow. Today we had 14 of the large round bales of hay delivered and put into the barn so that is a good job done. We were nearly out of hay so it came just in time. We’ll likely need another 30 bales to get all the hay burners through to pasturing time which will be sometime in May. Just when in May will depend on how cool or warm the spring turns out to be.
All the animals are doing alright though the chickens are a bit stressed by the cold and the egg lay rate has dropped off a little bit from what we’d like. We have been keeping their doors closed all day and night this past week because of the cold, wind and the general gloomy days. None of the chickens want to go out and the open door just cools the hen house down even more.
We have had to deal with frozen pipes and a frozen hose that was not drained. All thawed out now but frozen pipes are a real nuisance and make a lot more work for us.