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*this* John W. Hays’ take on things and experiences

Additional Animals

with 2 comments

We are caring for George’s animals this weekend while he is out of town, so we have additional mouths to feed during morning and evening chores. When we planned for this earlier last week, nobody gave much thought to the approaching polar vortex dropping our temperatures below zero.

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By Friday morning, when we stopped over to review procedures with George, it was clear that conditions would be extreme. George warned us about the hydrant in the barn not draining well and being susceptible to freezing. He listed several other options, should that occur.

That helped greatly when the situation arose Saturday morning at about the coldest hour all weekend. The pump handle did not want to move and I didn’t want to force it. We used the 2nd option, and hardly lost a step in getting everyone their morning rations of food and water.

By last night, after 3 visits in 2 days, the animals all seemed to understand what was about to go down when we pulled up again in my car. Dinner was about to be served! You can almost feel the creatures smiling when you present them with precisely what they are longing to have.

The ducks and chickens were particularly anxious about getting a drink of water. Their pans for water are not currently heated, so when their liquid becomes a solid, they have to leave the relative warmth of walls and a roof, and venture outside the barn to one of the troughs that have heaters serving the larger animals. A number of them seemed to prefer waiting until we arrived, based on their eager impatience.

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After tending to all the animals that needed something from us, it was time to add wood to the furnace. At the temperatures we were experiencing, the furnace seemed about as hungry for wood as the animals were for food and water.

There was not much energy being wasted by any of the sheep, horses, chickens or ducks. Everybody was in full conservation mode, huddling up with each other or hunkering down against the bitter bite of Arctic air pressing down from the clear sky.

George, rest assured that no one was left wanting for anything over weekend, and everybody was well-behaved, despite the harsh conditions.

I’m sure your faucet handle will thaw out again by June sometime.

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Written by johnwhays

February 14, 2016 at 7:00 am

2 Responses

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  1. You two are AWESOME!!!! Love you so much. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    George

    February 14, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    • You are so welcome. It is a joy to help and an honor to serve! It’s the least we could do for someone who deserves so much more.

      johnwhays

      February 14, 2016 at 8:22 pm


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