Location: Arkansas Ozarks zone 7 alluvial,black,deep loam/clay with few rocks, wonderful creek bottom!
posted 8 months ago
Not recently and I don't have pictures...back in the days before technology interrupted our lives we milked our goats in the cabin. It had a dirt floor and dutch doors and we just brought in four or five, one at a time twice a day. Eventually, about the time our first born was crawling we put in a wooden floor and built a 'sort of' barn for the goats...27 at that point. Usually a cat was there for a squirt or two and someone had their coffee cup ready also.
We had a rejected lamb indoors one spring to bottle feed...built a fence in the corner and brought in some hay for bedding...that was Petunia, sweet thing.
I brought a rooster with frozen feet into my bathroom just a few nights ago. We had temps -35. All the other chickens did well but his feet froze badly. I brought him in for 12 hours or so until the temps were a bit better and he had a chance to thaw out. I kept him in a dog airline
crate. I'm afraid the damage was already done, but he can get around better now and get up on the perch at night.
One year I had three chicks born very late in the year and it was too cold for them outside even in my brooder, so I raised them in my bathtub with a layer of hay in the bottom. They lived in there for a month or so.
An old school friend of my Mum’s was a farmer in a somewhat remote country town called ‘Warren’ – about 500km inland from Sydney. It’s predominantly wool and cotton country. Damn hot in summer, can get severe frosts in winter – rain that freezes and brings down power lines, freezes on the fleece of sheep, etc.
During typical changeable Spring weather, the rain/freeze thing is common, it also corresponds with lambing.
So, she had a weather proof room built onto the side of the house directly opposite their wood fired stove – it was enough to comfortably heat this room. She’d then wander around the paddocks and collect all the lambs and put them in this room when the weather looked dodgy – warm and happy babies, no mess inside the house.
'Every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain.'
William Bronson wrote:
Also, don't they poop like, well, ducks?
That is why my chickens ended up in the bathroom, easiest floor to clean in the house. I put down towels, but they scruffed them all around, hoping there were snacks under them.
And today's weather is such that they'll be coming in again in a few hours. I'm about to go batten down the bathroom again, they get bored and creative.