A Day in the Life: Photo Journey Through Winter Chores
through Winter Chores at Paradise in Disguise Hobby Farm
In the 45 days since I last posted here on my blog, winter has officially arrived.
This past week (1-17 to 1-22), it hasn't gotten above 30*F, and we've had light snow flurries on almost a daily basis. This makes daily "critter chores", as I call them, more of a challenge than in the summer months. The garden hose is frozen, so I fill up 2 water buckets in the shower. Even though I have 4 heated water bowls, they need to be topped off, plus the rooster's and main flock's water rubber dishes need to be filled. But before I can go outside, I put on snow pants, coat, gloves and/or mittens, and heavy winter boots. Because last weekend, it did get above freezing, the snow started to melt, then re-froze, coating all the high-traffic paths with ice! Therefore, I have to wear ice cleats or else I would have fallen many times. The winter mode of transport for all these buckets is a sled, yet I still have to be careful to not spill them due to the downhill slope leading to the main entrance gate. Thursday morning, I also had a bucket of bread & muffins for the flock, and a gallon jug of water for the chicks. It was too top-heavy, and spilled twice.
Join me in this photographic journey of 1-21-16, starting with the spilling of the bread bucket.
|For the first time in several days, the sun shone & the blue sky was visible!|
|The ducks get first dibs on the food scraps, their favorite being the rice.|
|The chickens inside the PA coop anxiously waiting for me to open their door!|
|Racing to the food scraps and water ...|
|Now, I head past the round bales to the DC Coop ...|
|When I open the door to the DC Coop, they first look out & inspect what's outside. They're obviously not as eager to come out in the cold 10*F morning!|
|But, they decide it's worth it, and 3 young pullets take the "plunge"! Although, the "Mini Flower" girl looks like she's having second thoughts. :)|
|Just around the corner ...|
|... Is where everyone knows the foods scraps and water bowls are. Even "Thumper" our resident rabbit joins them.|
|Two of the younger Swedish Flower Hen pullets|
|The "whole gang" enjoying their mid-morning snacks - the "main flock" from the PA/DC Coops.|
|The Rooster Coop aka Bachelor Pad|
|The two young turkey jennies|
|The turkey coop - where Mr. Jake displays to his girls all day long!|
|Not the clearest photo, but this SFH crested pullet has recently gotten a big, red comb. So, she's either on the verge of laying or already has. She's one of the chicks that "Confetti" the bantam Cochin raised during the summer.|
|The Brooder where "Elly May" and her 57 chicks are keeping nice and toasty.|
|The surrogate mom "Elly May" and some of her 1 week old chicks|
And that didn't include photos of Bielefelder & SFH Coops this time, yet they still need their food and water every day. But, it's worth it, and I certainly enjoy taking photos whenever possible.
That's all Folks!