Tackling Farm Chores in Rainy Late Winter


41 muddy path

I think I will make the gravel path longer!

I would have to say that I’m not much of a fan of late winter, as far as weather goes. In our part of Ohio, February is unpredictable and fickle, It taxes my patience, endurance, and sanity in ways that no other month does. This February has been no different!

We started the month with “regular” winter temperatures – it was cold, but not so cold that it was difficult to work outside. Then the snow and bitter temperatures came for a week or so, and now we’re wrapping things up with temperatures in the 40s and 50s. Today it’s also raining. And there’s always wind, or at least a breeze, that affects the “feels like” temperature. All of these changes mean that I need to keep on my toes to properly care for the animals and keep myself safe in the weather.

How the Animals Deal with Cold

When it’s just cold outside, all is well. I bundle up in my layers of clothing and venture forth. As always, we keep the hay feeders full and the water troughs topped off, checking to see that the trough heaters are functioning.

Shetland sheep are fine with this weather, as are the livestock guardian dogs – they all have a good layer of fat, plus their wool or fur to keep themselves warm. On sunnier cold days, they will all go lay outside of the barn, soaking up the little bit of heat from the sun.

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