Friday, June 29, 2012
Beat The Heat
But I was going to post a few things we do to keep cool....
First off try to keep as much shade as possible available to your animals. When we go out to water everything in mid day we spray down the roof tops and it helps cool things off..
We offer a home made electrolyte solution to which ever animal looks like they need it. I have a post on that HERE . The goats love it! I have used it for a while for different things..
**The pigs get hosed down and they have a not so pretty tarp draping right now.. As dry as it is the Electric fence is on again and off again. So pigs are now being fed hay in a smaller pen along with their mix that we mix up with for them. They seem content next best thing to pasture raised.. No GMOs... They have a wallowing hole too.. Plus 2 large water tubs.
**The goats are being fed early morning and later in the evening. Hay in front of them all day.. They have access to pasture and there is Amazingly still some stuff growing.. Goats are eating it up. They also get the Electrolyte mix in their water.
**Rabbits are on the ground.They also get Frozen water bottles and fresh water every couple hours. They get fed early in the morning..
**Kyla's little button quail now have an earth roof.. We filled the top on their pen with grass clumps that are still green. We wet them down a couple of times a day they love it..
**Chickens get fresh water, roof sprayed down and the yard sprayed down. They love scratching in it.. They seem to do okay with plenty of shade and water.. They are still laying..
**Now for the people... Well we are wimps.. We do have AC I keep it set at about 80*-85*.. If outside we drink plenty of fluids and keep a wet rag around our neck. We do short burst through the day of what has to be done.. Doing the bulk of work early in the morning and later in the evenings. Light colored loose clothing helps to stay cool.. Pay attention to your body and if its telling you to cool off get it done!
Please remember all those in Colorado that are dealing with those Massive Fires and PRAY FOR RAIN for all those that need it... PLEASE!!!