Turkey Hut and a Nigerian.

The turkey hut did great until today.  Snow three days in a row did it in.   The damage isn’t too bad, but the snow makes it quite difficult to fix it.  We are all extremely sore, because the snow blower broke and we’ve had a lot of wet heavy snow to shovel.  It’s fixed now.  Better late than never.  The good news? We’re expecting more snow tonight.  Yes, I’m being sarcastic.

Since we weren't going to be using it in winter this year, we didn't think about the snow.  Oops.

Since we weren’t going to be using it in winter this year, we didn’t think about the snow. Oops.

The back with the wonderful snow (that we are sooo sick of now.)

The back with the wonderful snow (that we are sooo sick of now.)

One of the Obers checking it out.  It's in their area.

One of the Obers checking it out. It’s in their area.

Lesson learned.  We will reinforce it when we’re able to remove the snow and ice enough to work.  That tube gate (used as part of the fence) in the bottom picture is 50 inches tall.  Just to give you an idea of how much snow is on the ground.  The goat is walking on snow they packed down.   We are watching carefully to make sure they don’t jump the fence.

Can Spring come now?  Or I move south?  I’d prefer the latter, but I’ll take the former.

Then I remembered:  I had committed to purchasing a freshened Nigerian in April.  I have nothing ready.   The milking stand was built for Obers and it isn’t finished.  I need milking supplies.  Freshened does are fed differently than dry does, so I need to work that into the plan, plus I need to organize a milking area.

People may think I have plenty of time, but they forget the snow and cold factor plus I have to prepare for the arrival of 25+ Red Ranger meat chickens.

* After typing this I had to run to the store.  When I arrived back home I discovered that one of the goats “walked” over the fence, was easily caught and returned to the goat area.   A “moat” was dug between the snow and the fence.

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