Posted on January 18th, 2011 No comments
It’s been cold – minus 25C so my quick trips outside are quicker than usual. The chickens seem to be doing ok though and their shed is much warmer than last year. The electric dog bowl that I use for winter watering has not frozen at all. This batch of chickens is spending way less time under the heat lamp than last year’s birds. But just as bored - so sad to be cooped up day after long “chicken” day and not get to see the outside. They are content enough however to be giving me 12 eggs a day with only the odd day where I get only 10 or 11. One day last week however someone decided to make a very lame effort with her daily quota…
They are getting their usual feed, plus treats every morning (maybe raw zucchini or apples, or baked carrots or parsnips, or other veggie scraps), plus a wee bit of wild bird seed which they love, and today they got a birdseed cake to peck at… which is probably all gone by now. They also have a coffee can of sand and grit for digestion, on which I sprinkle their oyster shell calcium. And, I figured out that they like Gene’s alfalfa/brome hay bales which are full of dried green stuff and a bit of seed – so I keep them in a steady supply a few shingles at a time.
We’ve been getting little bits of snow at a time, layer upon layer, but absolutely no wind - so it’s very fluffy and evenly settled. When we do get a wind however we will easily have a blizzard on our hands as this stuff is just going to blow like crazy.
We haven’t seen our moose back, and oddly we are seeing zilch for deer tracks this year. Quite a difference from a few years ago when we had about 35 of them living right in the yard.
Posted on January 10th, 2011 1 comment
This morning on my way back to the house from feeding the chickens I thought I saw four draft horses standing in my yard by the shed. Not horses – I quickly realized, but moose’s’.