I have been MIA for quite sometime here on the Mini Farm Minute…Sorry ’bout that! Things here have been pretty quiet. We had an exceptionally warm Fall and now the cold has set in and we are all just trying to survive!
As far as the animals go, everyone is doing well. Our goat herd is up to 5 goats, we rented a Nigerian Dwarf buck, he was here for a few weeks and we are really looking forward to the babies that are coming in the spring! The chickens pretty much just stay in the coop now, there is snow on the ground so they aren’t interested in going out to forage for food.
I wanted to talk a little bit about what we are doing here on the farm to make winter chores a little bit easier, and how we are doing our best to keep the animals happy and healthy!
First things first, frozen water (eye roll). I don’t have power to my coop or corrals, so heated waterer’s aren’t an option for me. So I have had to take a different approach to watering on these cold winter days. It is pretty simple. I use these Rubber Water Bowls and every morning I just turn the water bowl over, stomp the ice out, and fill it back up. Really simple, and keeps me from having to deal with inches upon inches of ice to break.
As for keeping everybody warm, just make sure they have a clean, dry place to go snuggle up under and they should be fine. Straw is a very good insulator, so make sure there is straw down and the animals can get out of the wind/snow/whatever else kind of nasty weather you get. Keep an eye on the chickens feet, sometimes the ice can get stuck on their feet and cause them to get frost bite. It is important all of the time to watch your animals for any illness, but it is especially important in the winter time!
Because there isn’t any fresh green food for the animals, we have been growing fodder at an all time record pace! Fodder is awesome in the winter because it is a cheap, easy way to make sure your animals are getting vital nutrients! If you don’t know what/how to grow fodder you can go check out my post Fodder System for Under $25!. I have laid out a super easy, inexpensive way to grow fodder!
I hope you are all wintering well, and that you all had a happy holiday season! I am going to spend the rest of the winter baking and trying not to freeze my tail off!
Much Love, Milli
This is what it looked like here on Christmas Eve! We definitely had a white Christmas!