So, today, in the crazy wet snow, I made the winter bird pen and herded the ducks, geese and turkeys into their shelter. Some that were here previous years should remember it well, though they would not seek it out on their own for some reason. The poor ducks were sitting in the snow, cold and wet, yet not knowing where to go to get out of their misery. The chickens were alright for the most part. There are three coops, but there is a brood that adopted summer living with the sheep and goats and another brood that grew up roosting in the pine tree. I may have to climb the 10 foot ladder again this year and retrieve them so they do not freeze to death and fall out of the tree in one solid lump. I caught the little Ameraucana girl sitting on the side of a rabbit cage, huddled over, cold and not knowing what else to do except try to sleep. She was cold and she is a sweetheart. I put her with the Cream Legbar rooster, who is being held in a cage in the coop until he goes to his new home.
Then after getting the birds to safety and retarping the day coop, I had to get the little boy goats in their barn. Darn they were stubborn. Even Robbie the border collie, was not able to move those cold little goats. They decided to go in the barn finally and found the fresh hay I put there for them. The Nubian buckling is a sissy. I got him to make mini Nubian babies shortly and then his purpose is done. I will try to sell him, and if so, great, but if not, then he and two other little boys will be butchered. That is the part I detest about farming and raising animals. Barbaric human, I am.
Finally, after feeding everyone and watering those that are not good at eating snow, getting the birds sheltered and fed, and setting up the winter pen, I was soaked clean through to my undies! Blush. An old lady in undies is not a pretty sight, sorry. But I was soaked and came in, threw on some dry duds and the coveralls in the washer and then the dryer so they will be dry for tomorrow. I made supper for my son and I, lit a fire and am just ready now for a nice bath in my clawfoot tub.
My house is still a disaster as part of the aftermath of the flood and the contents being so mixed up for both houses. I needed a nice day to move the last of the things from one house to the other and vice versa. But we had and have and are having more snow. Were you ready for it? Gosh, not me.