Keeping the animals cool and comfortable and alive this summer has been a huge challenge for many of us.. We have been under an "Excessive Heat Warning" reported by Weather Bug for my area." dangerous heat wave roasting the Nation`s Heartland" with 110* to 115* heat index, with 59% humidity, makes you have to go to the extremes to make sure the animals are going to make it through this mess.. found this article on my FB (facebook) feed this morning with some great ideas for helping to keep the chickens cooled.. Keeping your chickens cool in the heat - National Backyard Chickens | Examiner.co
I have had to take extra measure for the pups now 5 weeks old, this heat is almost 2 much for them so they get to come into the basement and cool their tummies on the basement floor.. they seem to like that also. Today is a dry heat and they are enjoying the pool.
So Far I have been running a fans and changing water numerous times a day. for all the animals.. The Goats have tarps shade put up in each pen, the bigger goats have it figured out, they are on the east side of their pen in the morning and on the west side in front of the barn in the afternoon,, i have some large Cotton wood trees that also helps cast shade over the pens in the afternoon.. otherwise there is not much movement of any kind from the goats during the day..
The rabbits have their cages under mature mulberry trees,, i don't use water bottles cus the rabbits stick to the bottles and it damages their pelts.. what i do is get dish sized towles and wet them down,, they will lay on them and get their tummys wet then the wind that comes from under the cage cools the bun, they seem to really like this..
We haven't lost anything so far which I am gratefull.. I pray for God's Mercy Favor and Protection
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Hubby has been working hard to get this finished for me, so that i could share it with you.. it is light weight and portable, the legs and stations comes off for transport . He has gone a step further and made the feed pan adjustable by loosening 2 bolts. This one is maid for the Nigerian Dwarf and it sells for $200 plus shipping and handling.. He can make one to fit the Standard breeds for $250 plus shipping and handling. Allow 4-6weeks or construction. Feed pan sold separately, can be found at your local feed stores.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
|Meet PlayRite June Bug|
I really do need to sit and update my blog. WoW it has been a very busy year.. i will have to update in sections i think.. Never a dull moment when you own and raise animals.. Somewhere in the area of 73 Nigerian Dwarf kids were born from PlayRite Farms Breeding.. around 43 does and 30 buck kids.. WoW.. is right.. 2 sets of quints, 3 set of quads 8 triplets 10 sets of twins and 7 singles...1 dried fetus, 2 still borns,, I only had to assist in one who had he head bent down and wanted to butt his way out., not all were born here but the most were. PlayRite Farm did have a doe that was sold, have a set of quints that had some major complications, the doe and 3 of the kids died but 2 survived, as hard as it is to loose them, we all must focus on those yet living..
So All in All a very good year..and the Lord did multiply us!
However the Devil is most usually right behind HIM ready to steel kill and destroy.. more on this later