I woke up Sunday morning to a winter wonderland. We got about 3 or so inches, it was quite slick and slushy for morning chores, and got crunchier as the day got colder. I don't know about anyone else, but there is something about a thick coat of snow that makes the world look completely peaceful and magical. As much as I love it, snow makes for some miserable chores.
It's cold, and wet, and most of the time the animals are less than thrilled. If there are just a few inches of snow, I walk to do chores, but heavy snow or extremely cold temperatures require driving instead. To make matters worse I have to carry gallons of water down by hand. Needless to say I can carry 6 gallons of water at a time...though 4 is much more comfortable!
If there is a heavy layer of snow, none of the animals go outside. Except for extreme circumstances, I do give them access to the outdoors. But goats are like cats, totally unimpressed by the snow, and the chickens agree! I've also been more tentative to let the goats out during really snowy/cold weather as Lucy could have her baby anytime. I would hate for her to get stuck somewhere and have the baby outdoors!
My other chore companions are our dogs. Duke and Dutchess are both lab mixes who love the snow and doing chores. They come with me to the farm, twice a day, to hunt, and play. Duke is more of a watcher, he watches everything and stays on the look out. Dutchess is our hunter, who kills groundhogs, squirrels, mice and whatever she can get her teeth on!
After having so many nice, bright, warm days, having snow and single digit temperatures is difficult. Not just for me, but the animals too. The only thing that makes it better is that it is finally February. You know what that means?! Spring is getting closer and closer, and I am counting down the minutes!
Did you get snow over the weekend?
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My name is Monica, I'm passionate about farming, food, and the humane treatment of livestock.