The Veggie Stand is closed.
There are no eggs available at this time. When they are available, the price is:
$2.00/doz. also available in 1/2 doz. cartons for $1.00
A few Luffa sponges are available:
$1.50/ea. for regular size; “mini” luffas are $ .25/ea.
what’s been happening:
The Greenhouse— Farmer Tom planted a few cold-weather lettuces but this cold snap has taken its toll.
The Cold–Since Christmas, winter showed up with dropping temperatures, wind, and snow showers. This is the coldest winter our present chickens have experienced and the first winter for the four roosters born in spring. Chickens are adaptable but some breeds are more cold-hardy than others. To date, temperatures have dropped to the single digits and tonight the temperature is to drop to 0° with a wind chill below 0°. All chickens (young and older) are doing well and the biggest concern is for the little Polish hen (with the topknot), Daisy. Her first winter was spent inside the mudroom. Last winter was mild and she handled it well. Bringing her inside this year would cause more stress long-term than leaving her with her clan. She and little Doodle snuggle together on straw inside their hen house on these bitterly cold nights. So far, so good but there are three more months of winter to tolerate.
Special Care during the Winter–-Since the fields are sleeping for the season, the only outside care is for the chickens. Special attention is given to keeping moisture out of the hen houses to prevent respiratory issues. Keeping the inside free of waste (or at least making the attempt) and leaving their water containers outside (but near the houses, away from wind, rain and snow) are ways to prevent some troubling issues. Checking the water trays several times a day clears the water of ice but during very bad weather, most of the chickens only want to get a drink early morning and before they roost for the evening. This year’s heavy duty tarps were a good investment. They keep snow/rain and wind away from the immediate areas outside their hen houses where there is protective fencing. No matter the weather, most of the chickens enjoy their evening treats (kind’a reminds me of Farmer Tom’s and Spouse’s evenings) before they call it ‘a day.’
Seeds–The seed catalogs have arrived, seeds have been ordered–and received. The schedule for planting has been formed. It’s going to be a looooong winter with all that work already completed. The only work left to do is…well… to keep the day-to-day routine and hope relief from bitter cold weather comes soon for the good of outside critters and humans, too.
In the meantime, enjoy the photos on the Some Recent Photos page. Despite the cold, snow scenes bring out the beauty of the season. Enjoy!
More humor from a Popsicle stick:
What kind of birds write letters? Pen-guins!
If you want a smiler viewing chickens swinging on swings, check the videos at www.fowlplayproducts.com.
Bye, for now,
Eydie, Spouse of Farmer Tom