We usually have pretty mild winters with freezing temps not coming until January or February. But at present we are being treated to an "arctic cold front" that started on Wednesday. The temps for tonight are expected to be in the teens, and we are already starting to experience the forecast high winds.
Fortunately, with a lot of help from a friend the sliding barn door was finally installed on the front of the barn on Tuesday afternoon. Unfortunately, the barn is set up to protect the goats from the southwest winds that we usually get. But this storm is blowing in from the northeast so there are some serious drafts in the barn and goat houses.
Cold temperatures also necessitates extra feed for the goats and chickens to help them generate more body heat. So along with giving them warm water to drink I have been supplementing them with hay. Extra chores in this weather aren't fun, but as I keep telling my daughter, its all a part of being a farm girl.