As most of you know this year seems like the never ending Winter. Yesterday we had everything Mother Nature could throw our way; lightening and thunder, freezing mist, drizzle and rain, sleet, snow, high winds and then blowing snow. We ended up today with about a 1/2' of ice covered with frozen sleet and then snow. We are now on our 12th snow day from work and may be in school until mid-June!
Around the ranch, this kind of weather is extremely tough on us -and on our animals. We have shelters for everyone, but the wind and extreme cold (3 degrees this morning) make it hard for them to stay warm, especially the little ones. When the temperatures drop off this much we start feeding hay daily and grain in order for them to compensate the loss of energy they are expending keeping themselves warm. Plus we need to break ice several times a day so everyone can get a drink.
With the temperatures dropping into the single digits and the severe wind chill, we decided to move the four orphan babies that are being bottle fed into the house -actually into the laundry room. It's about the only place we have that they can't totally destroy being baby goats... It's been interesting to say the least. I have LOTS of help doing laundry. And boy do I have lots of laundry to do with these little ones inside!!
Not only did we have to move the goatie babies inside, we also had to bring the greenhouse in. :-0 Stay warm folks!
Russell Ranch is located in beautiful NE Oklahoma, just a few miles from the Illinois river in Green Country. There are lovely rolling hills, lots of wonderful lakes and rivers, and forests full of wildlife.