The cold is challenging us...

Our 2008 Winter View

With this colder than normal weather we are currently experiencing, it is a time we reflect towards making changes, becoming more efficient. Everything we do, we try to build to another step, pushing to another level, if it needs to be. An example of what we are looking at now, is finding a better way to handle housing our chickens and ducks from the bitter cold and keeping their waters from freezing during the daytime? In the past, we have tried everything from a stationary chicken house with enclosed pen, to a chicken tractor, to free-ranging and allowing them to perch under an eve of a building during the night. They don’t seem to be too happy when it’s this cold outside. To get them more active during the cold, we usually give several shovel fulls of compost, maybe a half of pumpkin, or some fresh greens (from the green house).

Our bodies and energies are being tried, as the weather continues dipping down in temperature. We are not used to it. Our wood stove is being pushed and tested to see what we can manage for heat out of it, as the temperatures drop during the nights. How long can we keep the heat level constant, before having to add more wood? No one ever told us, 32 degrees inside the barn felt balmy and warm, especially when you’ve just been out in 18 degree air for the last half hour. {grin}

We seem to be in a mode of juggling between the wood heat, keeping water buckets thawed, driving off to work at a hurried pace, with our minds wondering can we manage it all. We must push forth. We can’t quit! Our bodies feel like quitting and our minds tired. Meals have become sandwiches, or misc. left-over’s from the freezer. The forecast is saying we are in for this type of weather for the next two weeks. Tonight and tomorrow, we are to expect up to 6” of snow down at sea level, and two feet in the mountains. The sun has peaked out and shared it warmth with us the last few days, which we are so grateful for. We pray for our energy levels to rejuvenate and protection to our livestock (mainly the chickens and ducks) during the frigid cold nights.


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