Oh my word! Winter farming is not fun when you have more than just birds. This year is the first year that we have dealt with pigs during the winter and the second year for rabbit. This winter has been much colder and we are learning what works, what works better and what is a complete fail.
The pigs… they are a bunch of crazies…. like the fools who take black Friday shopping to the extreme. Finding a way to give them water without it freezing was becoming problematic. Today we broke down and got a submersible water heater for their water bucket. While filling up the bucket they wanted to play in the water. They enjoy “fresh” water from the hose no matter how cold it is. Then those turds kept trying to get in the bucket instead of using the nipple to drink from it. Tomorrow we will raise it so that they cannot get into it. But it’s 17 degrees (feels like 7) and we had already been outside for a few hours. Burrrrrr!!!
Rabbits… we have multiple houses of rabbits. It is important to separate the boys from the girls plus the breeder girls have their own apartments. As it’s so dag-gone cold, it’s harder than ever to keep the breeders with water. Their individual bottles are freezing within a few hours. Well, we can’t put the girls in the Frat House because I refuse to breed during the winter. We can’t put the girls in the Sorority because the breeders do not get along with the younger girls. So, we decided to put them in a section of the chicken coop. The chickens will perch up top and they can live temporarily on the grounds of the coop. We have an addition to the coop where the turkey, ducks, and guineas (and more chickens) hang out.
In the Sorority, the girls like to hang out on the outside. No matter how cold or if there is snow, you’ll find the girls playing in their area outside. Jumping from one house to another while kicking in the air. They are quite adorable creatures. Today, they have fresh straw to play in covering their huts. As soon as it was placed, they started digging tunnels from one house to another.
I’ll take summertime heat over this chilling/freezing cold air to farm in any day. Takes us 5 minutes to get everything on so that we don’t freeze… by the time we get dressed to go out we are sweating. Ha!
But, I still wouldn’t trade this adventure for anything else. The best part about it……. I get to do this with my best friend.
May all of your adventures for 2018 be with someone you love, trust, and admire as I do my Batman. 🖤 cheers mate!