Smell ya later, polar vortex! Why don't you make some tracks and leave!
The best news is that after being missing all day I found my old hen - she was not there this morning and I was afraid that she didn't make it on our last horribly cold nite. But when I went out for chores I looked in one last spot...and there she was! She was kind of trapped under something in the garage.
She is a completely useless, lame, rickety, somewhat featherless, old bitty but I just love her.
So now that she is freed, fed, and happy I can finally relax knowing that we all made it. We didn't have any losses. These last several days have been really tough. Chores were hard, it was exhausting being outside, the house was difficult to heat, the dogs were bored, and the wind was relentless...but we made it.
Tomorrow it should be above freezing and I think I'll work outside the whole time.
Just like me - the barnyard hated being cooped up. The hens flew out of the chicken house, the ducks headed for the sunshine, and the geese generally tromped around screaming at everything and pooping on every surface.
The goats were glad to get outside too. But more on that later...
For now everyone can finally exhale and relax. We conquered the Evil Polar Vortex of DOOM!
Happy I-don't-even-know-what-day-it-is, everyone! Did you survive? Everyone OK?