Winter is definitely here! We've gotten about five inches of snow so far, and it is still coming down. Even the Campine chickens are staying in the Moop. They are the hearty breed that are usually out scratching in the snow, but not today. I set up the heat lamp for them, and the water heater has been under their big metal waterer for a couple of weeks now.
I also set up a heat lamp for Lucy and Lacey, but typical of our hearty Heritage mixed breed cows, they are out in the snow. It doesn't seem to affect them at all. I think the cold is contributing to Lacey's voracious appetite! We still do not have enough milk to distribute any to the patient shareholders. Lacey won't be leaving for another week, and that is probably a good thing. A December birth is not the best, so having mom's milk for an extra week should give her a boost. She is so smart, and so sweet! As soon as I go into the pen, she runs up to me and lets me scratch her head. I will miss her when she is gone.
This morning Androo and I put some tarps over the big round hay bales we got from a new supplier. The jury is still out on whether we will get our final load of hay from him. We have another option, and those hay bales are a little easier to handle, but this last hay we got is nicer, I think. We will make our decision once we have gotten through the first one-ton bale. Here is a picture of the newly draped bales, sitting in the pasture waiting to be fed to the cows and bulls.
Well, I just went to take a picture of the bales, and look what I found - the cows have escaped their paddock and are helping themselves. I have no idea how I am going to cope with this. What I would like to do is just go to bed with a book and not have to worry about it. Sigh . . .