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Livestock in the house, OH MY!!

 
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I didn't get a picture, but I had chickens in the bathroom during this last cold blast. Anyone else have livestock in the house? Show and tell, y'all!!
 
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Bottle feeding a lamb. She's outside during day,  inside at night.
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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.

Chickens in the bathroom sounds like a wise move  
 
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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.
 
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I got three ducks in the house now, and always have sick lambs in the house during lambing season.

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Greg and Malcolm, settin' up shop in the sunroom! ;-)
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I don’t have photos, but over the years I have had lambs, kids, chicks, and ducklings in the house at one time or another.

During this most recent polar vortex I put a heating lamp in the chicken house, but no chickens came into the house - they seemed comfortable enough with the lamp.
 
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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.


 
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Travis Johnson wrote:I got three ducks in the house now, and always have sick lambs in the house during lambing season.



Ducks!
I thought they were super hardy?
Also,  don't they poop like, well, ducks?
 
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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.
 
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Not exactly in the house...



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Wow, extra points for the wrench that managed to catch the no doubt bewildered chicken..
 
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