scwebster - 2021-02-22 10:31 AM
As I am reading all of the responses I can't help but think it is kind of amazing what livestock can endure.
I know that with a big change in temps from last week colic is a concern for many. Are you guys doing anything different to help with that?
Ours are on pastures about 22-23 hours of the day. They only come in to eat breakfast and diner. I did keep them in when the snow started to freeze over because I didn't want to have anyone getting hurt because it got real slick out there!
I haven't blanketed in over 6 years, but when they started shivering (barn is only 3 sided so the wind still came through) I gave them a blanket. They had hay in front of them 24 hrs eventhough I kept them in. (good thing we got 40+ bales the week before...)
The only thing extra we did was add hot water to their tanks 3 times a day, and add hot water to their Cubeits cubes morning and evening. Normally they only get cubes at night and Renew Gold in the morning, but I wanted to give them a warm soup for breakfast also.
We had 1 mare that got a bit of a tummy ache, so pulled her hay at that point, gave her a tube of Immediate response and kept an eye on her. After 30 mins she started to perk up and had good gut sounds on both sides. So she got her hay back and was fine after that.
Jazz's Girl - 2021-02-22 10:05 AM
Southtxponygirl - 2021-02-22 9:19 AM
Jazz's Girl - 2021-02-22 8:57 AM
What a CRAZY week!!!! My office was closed for a week, but I was already planning on using PTO and staying home. That had to be the coldest I have ever been. -15* with windchill and temps were below zero for a few days. I did not know what that kind of cold felt like and NEVER want to experience it again. The barn water froze Thurs (2/11) I hauled water and headed to work. Ended up getting rear ended by an illegal with no ID and didnt speak english. Totalled her car but my truck came out with a bent hitch. I found her radiator cap in the bed of my truck....... Friday went to work and let them know if the roads were iced Monday, I wouldnt be in. Hauled water from the house all weekend to the barn and prepared for the storm. Sunday night we ended up with 4-6" of powdery wonderful snow. I liked it for about an hour and said ok Im over it. Tucked horses in with extra hay and went to bed. On monday my husband decided he was needed more at work than at our house and spent 4-6 hrs a day commuting. Except for tues when he had 2 flats and stayed the night. I was hauling warm water to the horses every 4 hrs from the house. Tues night I get a call from a friend, who told me that water was being turned off at midnight. I rushed to fill up as much as I could. Good thing I did. Went from full water pressure at midnight to NO water at 12:15. Called the water company the next morning and they lied. Lied and continue to lie..... Our pond froze about 4-6" all the way across. Its about an 1/2 sn acre so it was neat to see. I ended up having to use the fire in a metal barrel trick to melt it enough I could chop the ice. Thats been the animals source of water since wed. I did not know it was possible to be as sore as I was come thurs. Friday we started to thaw. I left out house for the first time in a week and went to a friends place up the road for adult conversation. You can only talk to your dogs for so long before you just need human interaction!!!!! I do not want to lift a full water bucket or chop ice again for a LONG time!!!!!As of this morning (2/22) we still have no water. I called again this morning and was told we should. Ummmm no we dont.....
A few things I am thankful for....
My horses came through it with no problems. I know its because I hauled warm water and gave Gut Check every day. They all gained extra weight in the week of standing around eating hay 24/7.We never lost power. I was prepared with my generator if I needed it though.The weekend before we went grocery shopping and stocked up on meat, veggies and other stuff. Good thing cuz Walmart was picked clean sat!!!! We werent in the RV through all of this!!!!! My dogs LOVED the weather. The cows, not so much. Horses played and had fun in the snow. Everyones 1st time to ever see snow like this. We are from SE TX but live 45 min south of Dallas now. The frozen pond was something Ive never seen before. I played with the dogs on it. Dont worry, I stayed on the shallow end...... Im so blessed to have an actual barn this year. First time in 15 years! Ive made do throughout the years. It was crazy but I learned I am a bad @ss when crap gets tough. I was not on speaking terms with my husband for a few days for abandoning me when I needed him. Thankfully for great friends that checked on me throughout it all. We could have been a lot worse off but I tried to prepare best I could. Give me 115* weather ANY DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So you had to deal with this along, while reading this I thought you were single and having to deal with this then got to the bottom and read that you are married and still did this alone. I say shame on your husband.
OH TRUST ME.... That and much much more was said during the week. I know he loves me in his way, BUT I seriously contemplated the D word a few times. Theres alot more to it but thats just the newest WTF moment Ive had with being married...... If it wasnt for my friends motivating me, I wouldnt have made it. I dont want the cows. That was his venture and they are for ag. But I dont like taking care of them. The 5 horses are my problem. And I didnt mind taking care of them so much. But cows are a whole nother ball game!!! I pray we do not ever get that cold again. Texas just ain't built for it!!!!!
I'm thinking to my self, if your husband didnt bother to help you during this crisis when he knew you were alone and trying to take care of your horses during all this mess, why would he bother to help with cattle, seems to me you would be taking care of the cattle to. And this would really be a hard case if anything happens again with cattle added to the mix here. Man SHAME ON HIM!!!
I just added more hay, added more alfalfa cubes along with their normal feedings, made sure the round bales didnt get low for the horses in the back pasture and the donkeys in the front pasture made sure the goats had plenty to eat, the only thing that was different for me was keeping that ice broke, and finally my Husband had to take over on the taking care of the water, the ice was just to thick in the mornings for me to break, after that first breaking then I could do the rest of keeping the ice broke during the day. But I didnt give anybody anything for colic, never have in the past. The heat during the summer is what worrys me, and thats when I watch them better during the HOT days of summer.. And my Chickens they did just fine, except for one of the young rooster he got a bit of frost bite on his comb..And the hens were still laying threw all this mess, so had plenty of eggs for us and a few friends.
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