021314 – half a goat

Have no fear, there really is a whole goat in the picture. The front half of Skittles (and Rocket behind her) happens to be inside the bale. Funny thing happens in winter – things freeze! So the goats eat the hay bale from the center to the edge, in hopes of avoiding the frozen outside layers. They end up with a hay donut, and happily stand inside the bale to get at the hay.

Yes, it will collapse at some point, but it’s not heavy enough to do any damage to the goats if they are standing as Skittles and Rocket are demonstrating. They’ll just paw through the remains, looking for something not frozen, and start baa-ing their displeasure at having to work for their food. Trust me, they are in no danger of starvation, if their potbellies are any indication.

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012814 – snow rollers

2014-01-27 13.49.50Saw this little thing on the way back up to the house from the barn – from all the interwebs fuss, it’s a “snow roller”, or a nature-made snowball.

According to that bastion of information, Wikipedia, snow rollers are created when a chunk of snow is blown along by the wind, picking up more snow as it rolls – like rolling a ball for a snowman.

Some of the pictures I saw had hollow snow rollers – looked like a powdered sugar donut!

I’ll add this to the “weather phenomena that I never new about” category!

 

 

010214 – snow cows

With the cold weather and snowy conditions, you may have seen snow-covered animals standing around in their pastures. What’s wrong with them? Do they not have a barn to go in?

If you look at these two examples, it looks like they have had no access to shelter – they have snow all over them! What you can’t see is the big barn that they don’t go in, except when it’s time for their ration of oats, or when it’s really windy out. Same goes with our horses – they were completely covered with snow when I went to feed them this morning. Nice dry barn? Nah, we’re going to stand outside and look for grass in the snow or munch on the hay in the hay wagon!

Snow on their backs means that they have a good winter coat that insulates them from the cold. I’ve “dug down” into their winter coat and their skin is warm to the touch.

They have access to shelter when they choose to use it, and don’t seem to mind getting snowed on, so we leave it be. Silly cows!

 

Day 356 – how high’s the water, papa?

It’s been a while, I guess! Farm life just keeps going along – moving hay bales for the cows and the goats to eat, forking loose hay to the horses, gathering eggs (wherever they may be!), planning for the coming spring (seeds for the garden, new critters for the farm, living quarters for said new critters). We also completed the “big move” – only (haha) 100 feet apart, but I think that actually made it more of a job, because it wasn’t pack-everything-and-throw-it-in-the-moving-truck-to-go-to-the-new-house, but a few trips here and a few trips there. Finally, in the words of a dear friend, we put the cat in with the cactus, and just got it finished. Well, at least we have all of our stuff in the house and all Mom’s stuff at her house. If you’ve ever moved, you know that the unpacking and such may be even more stressful than the box moving. But it’s done.

On to yesterday and this morning. It rained, and rained. It stopped for a bit, then rained some more. End result? Same as it ever was – the river came to visit!

The critters are all well, if a bit damp.