It has been cold, Cold, COLD! here as winter closes in. Last night, before the temperature dipped to -1 degree F (that's -18 degrees Celsius!), we worked on some provisions to help the outdoor animals stay as cozy as possible.
We brought the goats lots of extra hay for their barn, enough for full bellies and warm bedding to sleep on. They have their thick winter coats on, too, and deal with cold incredibly well. They also enjoy the hot water we truck down to them on these freezing days.
Neither the goat or chicken barn is hooked up to electricity, so we used a solar powered battery to run a 60 watt light bulb in the chicken barn, in hopes of providing them with just a bit of heat. From the pile of feathers on the floor under the lamp this morning, it appears some of them gravitated toward it last night. This morning I brought them some warm milk, and added another layer of pine shavings to the deep bedding on the barn floor.
And, for us indoors, out came the heaviest of winter blanket quilts. This one was made by some church ladies who used recycled denim. Pretty neat, huh?
The sun shining on the snow-covered mountain was a welcome sight today. For the goats, too, as they soak it up. Even the chickens are thinking about stepping out today!