I know, I know… there’s a nor’easter coming, or maybe even a blizzard, but take heart…
They’ll be open before we know it.
Stay warm and well!
It’s winter, that’s it…
There’s a rosemary plant hiding under the barrel, rock and large clump of dirt, lol. It will be a miracle if this plant makes it through this extremely unbelievably cold, long winter. That sprig of thyme will though…
A single egg
I turned around and here she was, patiently waiting her turn. This chicken reminds me of my oldest daughter, she’d be doing the same thing.
It does my heart good to see them waiting at the door again.
I’m amazed by how happy this little collection of herbs makes me. Remind me to bring them in (or have a friend deliver a pretty metal bucket at Christmas Time) next year. xoxo Michele
After spending the last couple of weeks inside their coop our girls have finally decided to venture out to see what’s going on in the world.
In all our winters of chicken keeping I’ve never seen them just refuse to come out like this. They sat inside for weeks. Here we are watching the skaters last weekend.
Sheba looks like she’s trying to remember what it was like to be outside.
Our little white hen and one of our pretty cochin look a bit shocked too.
Ever the lady, the little red hen stays out of the mud and just goes with the flow.
I think she knows something that I don’t.
I love her eyes. Wish that beak had focused a little bit better, but we’re a work in progress here.
I still think she’s the one who’s in charge (not everyone agrees). If she is, she just made her nine sisters spend three weeks in the house watching the wind blow.
Free at last!
Here’s the reason for the sudden venture outdoors… everything is melting including the pond. Hopefully the warm weather will last just long enough to smooth out the ice so it can re-freeze and put the skaters back in business.
How are your chickens doing this winter? Are they laying any eggs? I’ve been BUYING free range eggs.
I think we need to do some daylight therapy or something.
said my brother-in-law on the phone the other day… “think about it Michele, it’s all dependent on the weather, it all depends on if it rains or snows and if it’s warm or cold, it’s just like gardening, your always waiting to see how it’s going to go.”
He’s right, it is just like that. Michael and the kids worked hard to cut back the vegetation on the pond this fall.
It looked like this when they started. They cut and sawed and dug and moved everything out to create a nice big space for the rain to fill with water. Then we prayed for rain. It took awhile but now…
we have a skating pond. They’re spending hours out there having a ball!
Hockey is a very big focus…
This guy lives for the sport.
and head inside to look over seed catalogs and think abut the gardens ahead. While I’m doing that I’ll keep hoping and praying for ice friendly weather.
Life is so, so good here in our winter garden.
We had just a little bit of snow overnight. It was so pretty that I had to wander outside with my camera for a few minutes. It was gorgeous this morning!
Hi pretty chickadee…
and guess what?
I wore boots instead of crocs today!
He, he, he…no splat for me!
I know, your all wondering… how are the girls? Are they cold? What are they doing?
I’m asked this so often, I thought that today would be the perfect day to talk about it.
It’s this cold out today! seriously cold…
Win and I took a walk down to check on the chickens. They were right there, greeting us like they always do.
I didn’t have a treat handy, but I’ll find something to take down later. This is their hopeful scramble… Dad is much better at remembering to take them things. Actually, he probably would have taken them homemade oatmeal or something…
Oreo didn’t care if I was there, she was staying inside. She’s one of our original hens. I think she arrived in 2007, our first chicken year.
There’s a heater.
Here’s their friend Zoe. She has a very nice hutch but she lives in the coop when it’s super cold out
They still lay eggs, at a slower rate, but it happens. We do put a light on for a little while at night to prolong their day time just a bit. The production slows down but it doesn’t quite stop completely.
They also take turns sitting in this chair.
and enjoying the view.
sounds good to me 🙂
Stay warm today!
Michael took these shots while I was still sleeping. I love the early morning but he’s much better at getting out there than I am…
The birds need some food. Michael sat down to eat breakfast and glanced out at the feeder. As soon as he was reminded of it he ran outside to give them some seed before he ate. He really takes care of things, unlike me… I would have finished my french toast.
The boys wasted no time… I’m not sure about why their using a wagon. We do have sleds??
I just looked out and the yard is full of kids and sleds. I love these days!