I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. We had all our family together for Thanksgiving and we had a wonderful time.
Do you remember the types of dishes and bowls and cups you used during Thanksgiving dinner? Some dishes were probably flat, some were more like bowls. Each bowl or dish is used on purpose to hold each type of food.
The animals on the farm have certain types of feeders, too. We use the word “feeder” for something that holds animal food.
|This is the feeder on the milk stand.
It’s called a ‘hang over bucket’ because it hangs on a bar or a piece of wood.
|This is what it looks like with feed in it.
|This is Echo’s ‘hang over bucket’.
It’s much bigger than the goats’ bucket because Echo’s head is much bigger!
This is the same size bucket that horses eat out of, too.
What about water?
You drink from a cup or a bottle, but that doesn’t work well for most animals.
I’m sure you’ve noticed that there is a lot of ice on the playground, and maybe around your house. The animals can eat snow, but they like liquid water better. If they have enough water and food, and if they have a place to get out of the rain and snow, they stay warm without a furnace like we have in our homes.
|The blue barrel, and the green barrel, both have electric heaters at the bottom.
You can see the chords plugged into the grey box on the post.
Echo, River, and Serenity use the green water barrel.
Misty, Clover, and Annie use the blue water barrel.
|JJ gets her sip of milk from an old plastic feeder on the floor.
|Scout gets his sip of milk in an old metal pan near the milk stand.
|Midnight gets her sip of milk in an old metal lid.
I am sad to report that there are no baby chicks. When the hen started sitting it was so close to winter we weren’t sure if she would stay and keep her eggs warm. We also weren’t sure if she would be able to keep her chicks warm enough with winter so close.
One morning when I went out to do the chores the hen was gone from the nest, and the eggs were almost frozen. The eggs were so cold that there is no way the chicks inside the eggs could have survived. The eggs need to be kept at about 100 degrees so the chicks inside can grow. Once they are hatched the mama hen needs to keep them at about 95 degrees until they can grow enough feathers to keep themselves warm.
This is not the time of year that we get warm temperatures like that!
Things on the farm don’t always turn out the way we want them to. Sometimes that’s for the best.
Earlier this year we had some chicks hatch out. That was the first time we ever got to see some chicks hatch!
I thought you might like to see some videos of that, too.
|Here’s Xander holding the little chick from the video.
Can you see Dale limping a little bit? She’s getting better! She couldn’t walk on her left leg two weeks ago. All she could do was hop around the farm on her right leg.
I hope she gets all the way better!
Stay warm and have a great week!