Winter finally came, and it looks like he wants to settle in for a few days. At least that's what the 10 day forecast says. I suppose old man winter thought he had been too kind to us this year, so he had to make up for lost time. Last week, my garlic ws starting to peek through the ground, and my blueberry bushes had little baby leaf buds. Tricks! So, here we are, back to winter.
After snowy Monday and a treacherous drive home, it was my turn this morning to check on the animals. I'm not sure what inspired me, maybe the sunshine, or maybe I was afraid of sliding off the hill in the gator, but I decided to walk up the hill.
The chickens and goats were all going fine. Ember is showing more signs that kids are coming soon. I really hope it isn't when the temperature is -15, but that is probably my luck. I wouldn't be surprised if it happens in the next 24 hours. Her udder looks bigger, and I think I see a little mucus discharge. (Ok I'll spare you the butt pic :-)
The snow was dry and powdery, and had some pretty big deer tracks.
I'm glad I came early, 1118 decided to (finally) have her twins. One boy and one girl. She's the sheep with the prolapse problem. The lambs were out, and everything else stayed in. The little lambs were still moist and learning to walk. They'll go in a lambing pen with a heat lamp for a while.
The horses must like winter. Their backs were covered in ice and snow. Later in the afternoon the sun had melted most of it off, but they still got a nice brisk brushing. I didn't hear any complaints.
Ready for more snow tonight!
My name is Christy Franklin.