It’s still snowing, and at least 12 hours into the storm. It’s cold and quite windy as well, but the snow is dry and light. For now. The temperature is supposed to keep going up overnight, and the end of this ‘event’ early tomorrow is predicted to be rain. Blech. That is one thing I can do without!
Windy conditions make me nuts around kidding time; it is the super bad guy in our little world. If I can get to babies immediately after birth, or be there while they are being born, we can make sure they are in a draft-free zone, and help the mamas by doing some of the drying off. Once the kids are relatively dry and are stocking up on colostrum, they are usually ok.
We got our back wall windbreak up today. Two pieces of exterior plywood, tied tightly to the galvanized panels that are the gable end barrier (where there is supposed to be a real wall and a door…). We got the plywood under the tarp overhang, drilled holes in the board, and tied the tarp down to the grid panel on the inside of the wood. I thought it was going to work ok, but it’s actually tighter and nicer than I envisioned. The tarp on this greenhouse drags on the ground a bit, and now there is a lot of snow holding it down. The open end of the structure faces due south, and I have a windbreak green panel with a tarp at that opening. Our prevailing winds come most usually out of the north and the north west, so it should be a good setup. Nice and snug. Here’s to hoping it stays that way!
I have two pens set up in this greenhouse, one is a catch pen I use from time to time, and initially that will be our labor pen (it’s about 9′ X 8′). Once I know a doe is in labor, I like to give her some privacy, and I don’t want her looking for a corner of the paddock out in the snow to get away from all the Nosey Aunties. After the baby or babies are born, I can put them into the jug right next to that.
And so The Watch is on. Delta is a go for launch, I do believe!