Yup...I'm still a wimp when it comes to the cold!
All last week we could look ahead and see what was coming, but there's nothing like laying in bed, listening to the wind howling outside, and wondering if it's really as cold as they said it was going to be. And yes...it was.
Saturday morning, while it was blustery but still a balmy thirty-something degrees out, Jim and Eric covered the windows on the west side of the barn with sheets of insulation...and it's really, really good they did...
The west side of the barn has absolutely no protection from the north and west winds. Being mostly windows, the cold wind finds it's way inside and freezes things up really quickly.
We turned the water off the to barn overnight, and that saved a lot of work on Sunday morning.
It was 4 degrees when we got up on Sunday morning, with a wind chill of -23 or so.
We had a few fourth row water bowl valves to thaw, but a calf bottle of hot water did the trick. The box pen water lines were a little tougher to open, even though they had been drained. One of them never did open up, so we used a five gallon bucket for those calves. On Sunday evening, we just used buckets and water tubs for all of them.
Sunday night was bitter cold again, and still windy, although not quite as fierce as it had been. We shut off the water again overnight, as a precaution.
The thermometer read -1 this morning (Monday), with wind chills in the-20's again. Thankfully, the winds quickly diminished as the morning went on. By evening milking, it was a balmy 12 degrees! The barn was cozy inside from being closed up and from the cow's body heat, and the box pen water bowls opened right up!
This cold snap isn't over yet, and we might get some snow tonight, but hopefully the worst is over. I'm glad we don't live in New England, where they're dealing with all that heavy snow of top of the cold!
Are you ready for spring yet?!