We have a good supply of wood for heating, but I'm so fearful of fires now since everything is extremely dry and the wind has been very strong; yesterday morning when I cleaned out the ashes, I heard a slight roar in the chimney and smoke billowed out like crazy, so I didn't put more wood inside the furnace just then. On pretty days we replenish the wood pile; the logs are hauled in from a field we had cleared a couple of years ago. The farmer saws them up into chunks,
then uses an attachment for the BobCat to split them into sizes for the furnace.
The cold weather has been very hard on the old, weaker cows. We have lost around eight I think. Our chickens are twelve days old and will need to be kept at about eighty degrees for a while longer. We start them in only one half of each house; this means only half of each house has to be heated, saving heating fuel. Then at eight days we turn them out over the entire length of the house and by the time they are 4 1/2 to five weeks old they are giving off enough heat from their bodies that the heaters are not needed unless it is extremely cold.
Saving fuel has become very important. Before these chickens came, the farmer had our 10,000 gallon propane tank filled to 80% at a cost of $1.46/gallon.
This was the reading this morning, after only twelve days of usage. We hoping we won't have to buy more! Yesterday we heard there is a shortage of propane and the cost is now $3.90/gallon! Of course this is bad for farmers, but what about people who use propane for heating their homes and cooking their meals? This could get serious!
Think about it,