We Are Moved In
I have been busy trying to make my shed/barn more weathertight for Winter. In the North, housing has to withstand cold temperatures so all leaks have to be patched and insulation has to be installed. The water enters the shed underground into a cabinet heated with a light bulb so it will not freeze.
Usually, cows supply the heat (The rumin the first of four stomachs produces lot of heat. A cow's normal temperature is 103F.) but I only have two so I installed a woodstove to make up the difference.
After trying to decide where I would put my 22 rabbits I ended up installing their cages in the shed with the other animals.
I also have pens for my two pregnant sows that will be delivering little ones in the depth of the Winter.
Here are some of the tenants.
This is my buck rabbit. He is a nice size and quite handsome.
Here is three of the young ones. They always appear at the door together when I open it.
This is Daisy . She is an experienced milk cow and is quite calm and comfortable tied in her cow chains. Lucy the beef cow is that dark spot you see behind. She isn't quite as comfortable in her place yet. The cows will get turned out on nice sunny days and brought in at night.
Here is Henny Penny my "flock of one". She has been living in a rabbit cage afterI three times tried to introduce her to the hen house with the other birds. They gave her a difficult time and started cannibalizing her. I now have another larger cage for her in the henhouse out of reach of the others.
She thinks I am her mother. She likes to come out of her cage and sit on my hand or shoulder. I would let her free in the shed except for the fact Ruby, my red Duroc pig has acquired a taste for chicken and is quite skilled at grabbing them.
If the shed improvements make it as cosy as I imagine, I look forward to just sitting there with the animals as listening to the radio. Thye are good company: listen to all I say, don't interrupt and never try to change the station on the radio!
Bring on the Winter cold.!!!