Winter Storm Blasts The Homestead
It is freezing out here on the homestead and we haven’t even gotten to the worst of it! Because I heat my house with a woodstove, getting wood stacked by my house has been a priority these past few days so I don’t have to go gather or split wood during the cold temperatures!
Caring for outdoor animals in the cold can be a bit tricky, but I have everyone’s shelters in place, wind proofed, and they’re ready to go. I’m grateful my chickens are cold hardy and that I insulated their chicken coop when I remodeled the coop in spring! It seriously makes such a difference for them. My dogs also have double coats and are acclimated to the cold so they are ready for it as well! All of the animals have shelter they can escape to that will keep them warm and away from the wind.
I can’t tell you how happy I am that I don’t have a cow and calves right now to have to deal with. Getting water to them would have required me hauling water to my dairy cow daily, multiple times, because of my current setup and I’m just unsure how my milk cow would have failed this cold weather in only a three sided barn!
Because I keep my own weather chart, I know that this is nothing like last winter. Last winter was a piece of cake! We didn’t even have snow on the ground at this time. Right now we have about 10 inches lol. How are you enjoying the winter?
This old house is also a little drafty and even with the wood strove cracking out heat it's only 58 in the house! Nothing beats coming in from outside and having a nice hot cup of cocoa!
Stay safe friends!
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Yikes, that sounds chilly. We had some brutal high winds last night and lost some roofing. Will post some pics tomorrow. Then without power now for last 20 hours or so. Lucky we have a generator and our wood stove actually runs us out! We often have to turn the damper down and open the sliding door to cool off a bit.. It's not too cold here yet though, still only about 10 below freezing, but looks like we now have another couple inches on the way tonight. Stay warm!
Oh NO! Sucks about your roofing I hope it's not too bad. Awesome job on being prepared though with the generator. That's something I'm looking into adding on the homestead asap Keep warm! I've been living off hot coco lol
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Watering animals in the winter is a really tough job, you are doing amazing, where are you located? I have family in western Canada who have been dealing with temps of -30 all week.