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T’is the Season for Frozen Buckets

T'is the Season for... water through heaters? Yup, the water buckets are staying frozen through out the day so its time to bring out the water heaters. The horses appreciate theirs, and to most peoples surprise Priscilla doesn't play with hers or bother it at all. However, those Sheep, my fickle flock, they don't seem to care for it at all. As soon as the snow falls they are more than happy to "graze snow" then drink from a clean trough with tepid water. I've tried various water heaters and checked to make sure they weren't getting zapped by a stray electrical current. Nope, they just love snow, and there isn't anything wrong with that. In fact most wild animals will get their water from snow. A few years back(who am I kidding, more along the lines of 10 years ago) I had the privilege to volunteer for a day at an Elk farm. Velvet Pastures In Lee, NH was doing their yearly vaccines and check up of their herd. After sorting these majestic [...]

2020-12-13T15:50:36+00:00December 9th, 2020|

October Mud

October has been a wet month for us. If it wasn't for the vibrant colors of the leaves I would say it feels more like April with the amount of rain we've been getting. As much as the soil is craving the moisture it has caused quite a mess in the dooryard where the animal congregate. Although it is thick and gooey, the horses and sheep don't seem to mind too much. They're content to schlep through the muck to the round bale, and back into the barn to nap, or go up the hill to the woods where its drier. The only one on the farm that truly complains about the mud is none other than Priscilla. Unlike most pigs, she doesn't enjoy wallowing in mud puddles unless its above 80 degrees, and even then a clear pool is more appealing than a mud hole. So with her pen turned 2+ inches of mud from the constant rain she began to refuse to leave the barn. On the last dry day, Nick helped [...]

2020-10-21T17:32:09+00:00October 21st, 2020|
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