Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Winter Herdsmanship

Winter in Wisconsin can be brutal.  However, this year we have been blessed with some rather mild weather.  Last year we had 57 days straight with below zero temps.  So far, we have had less than 5 total.  

Herdsmanship is challenging in Winter.  Make sure your animals always have a supply of fresh water - check the tank heater.   Make sure you have clean, fresh straw or hay daily, not only for feeding, but bedding.  I always give extra treats in the cold months - they need the extra calories.   Clean stalls everyday - even in below zero temps.  Poop is easier to pick up when frozen, but not when it is in a frozen pile.  

Obviously, egg production is down during the cold, dark days of Winter.  My hens must be content, as they have been laying me 2-6 eggs a day.  Thanks girls!

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Linked to:  http://mymaplehillfarm.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-maple-hill-hop-115.html

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