The chickens were plucked from their perches tonight and put in the truck canopy. In the morning they will go to the processors. It is minus 21 out tonight and I sure hope they don't freeze. There should be enough to stay warm and I did put a whole bale of dry straw in there for bedding for them. I threw some of the chickens from odd places in the main coop, hoping they will get used to it and live there for the winter. They are currently locked in. Surprising, for the numbers of chickens there are, I am only getting a few eggs a day right now. The ducks were laying until yesterday, though the bitter cold is enough to discourage laying for sure. The eggs were frozen and cracked by the time I got to them.
The milk cow, Elsie, and her adopted son, Freddy, went to the farm where she will be bred, either though AI and she will have a purebred Jersey calf, or to a bull that the farmer has, a Semintal, Swiss breed of huge cow. The farmer bought Freddy and in a month when he is able to be weaned fully, Elsie will come home bred.
The Nubian buckling was down and unable to get up today. He is skin and bones. I gave him a double shot of dewormer a few days ago and some vitamins, hoping he would perk up, but instead he is failing. I do not expect him to make it until morning. It seems the young Nubians cannot take the cold, even though they have a barn this year. So far, everyone else appears to be fine. Walter, the Cotswold ram, is also looking very poorly. He has been sickly since I got him three years ago and countless dollars have been spent on him in veterinary fees and medications. He is a beautiful animal, gentle and sweet and has given me many beautiful lambs. He will only have one sheep to breed this year so as not to tax him. He has a shelter with lots of straw to help him keep warm, but he is not looking good.
The week after next is when the rams and ewes will be put together for breeding. The rams will remain with the ewes until lambing and then they will have to separate again. Since many of the sheep I have can conceive out of season, after lambing, it is necessary to keep the rams apart. With some breeds, the rams and ewes can cohabit all year.
I did find two wringer washers and a kerosene heater. The wringer washers are for washing wool and felting it into sheets as wide as the wringer, then sewing those into garments. I will have to hire a plumber to create an outside drain to send the dirty fleece water to the garden and not the septic. I am looking for some crystal chandeliers for my store for spring. I usually do find things, though sometimes it takes a while.
I almost forgot to feed the piggies today, so had to go out in the evening. I gave them a warm meal because it is bitterly cold and their tummies will be full and they will sleep under their straw and be happy. And I will sleep under my woolen quilt and be happy too! It was a great day.