The Day After

Today was a quiet day.    After all the hustle bustle of the last few days, it was nice to slow down.   We woke to a gentle snow fall this morning…which seemed to add to the calm of the moment.  It was a day to sit by the fire and watch the snow.  How luxurious!

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The birds have been hungry in this cold weather.  I will have to venture out to fill the feeders later.

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 The gardens are sleeping with their blanket of new snow.

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The coop seems distant.  You can see that the big run has been taken down.  

It was very cold last night, and Amber has a touch of frost bite on her comb, so the girls spent last night in the coop under the stairs.

IMG_4425 It is not s nice as Cluckingham Palace, as there is much less space, and  there are NO good places to lay eggs, but it is warm and water stays unfrozen.  With the snow, they ended up spending the day there as well.  A series of treats breaks up the day.  Hopefully it will be warmer tomorrow and they will get back outside a bit.

IMG_4390 Merlin spent the day going from the heater to the stove to the fireplace. Or just curling up on his little bed with Coco.

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Fergus has been enjoying the fire as well. He has had to share his couch some over the last few days and it got too crowded for him.. Luckily he has his bed, too.

So all is well at Brookwood Shire.  We are settling in for a few months of winter….enjoying the season.

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Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!

About patti

I am a retired kindergarten teacher, tending a new kind of garden now, raising chickens and exploring permaculture. I live with my husband, Bill, my beloved dog, Fergus and my cat, Mighty Merlin. We have a small cottage and a tiny bit of land called Brookwood Shire. It is our sanctuary.
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2 Responses to The Day After

  1. What? Chickens get frost bite on their combs? As if bears, snakes foxes and hawks (and pet dogs) aren’t enough of a threat for chickens, they have to worry about frost bite? Man, life is hard if you’re a little chook. Yours are lucky to have you looking after them.

    Merlin and Fergus don’t seem to suffer too much under your care either 🙂

    • pattigail says:

      Isn’t it just? Cold hardy hens have smaller combs in general. But they can still get frost bite. As long as it doesn’t get infected it isn’t too bad, but it couldn’t be much fun. I put some vaseline on it so hopefully it will clear up. Amber got it last winter too. No wonder she doesn’t lie the cold! So far the others are ok. New England weather! Frost bite in the winter and heat stroke in the summer. We seem to get it all. 🙂

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