Winter won’t release its grip, hammering us with ten more inches of snow overnight Sunday and into Monday morning. This winter has worn us down with week after week of extremely bitter temperatures, which is not only hard on a soul longing for summer but hard on the animals around the homestead as well. It seems summer just can’t come soon enough.
Before this last stormed rolled in, we did have a fleeting burst of fair weather, perfectly timed for the arrival of our third kid this season. Our mixed breed goat, Helen, came to our herd this past summer and this is her first kidding. A little buckling whom we named Heinz presented perfectly and was born mid-day Saturday.
Three days later he’s strong and romping around his pin.
In just ten days, the main herd, consisting of our five Nubians, is due. The anticipation is building and soon the homestead will be bustling with new life. Until then we will keep doing our best to will the thermometer to rise.
Sorry, couldn’t help myself with the title.
Here at Cooper Run we survived the deep freeze, and the thaw… and the deep freeze again. Winters can be long around these parts and we are used to the snow; but this winter has seemed exceptionally harsh. While the snowfall has been below average, the temperatures have remained brutally cold week after week, with the occasionally warm-up thrown in. Just a few weeks ago we saw the temperatures dip as low as -25 (with a -50 degree wind chill), followed by temperatures in the 50s and downpours.
The extreme temperatures forced us to take extra precautions with the goats; making sure everyone had plenty of fluffy bedding, checking for drafts in the barns and even running heat lamps when necessary. We expected most of our goats to kid early spring, but our newest addition, Jill, was bred before she moved into the herd and delivered two baby goats on January 22 as the thermometer read -4 degrees. Read more
As our kidding season comes to an end, we welcomed three new additions a couple weeks ago. The cold temperatures finally gave way to some warm spring weather, much more pleasant for the goats and ourselves. Our first and only buck was born, followed just a few days behind by twins. They are currently just a few weeks old and thriving. Here are some adorable pictures: