It is not my favourite time of year. Don't get me wrong- I can appreciate the beauty of winter. And I do like the concept of seasons. I also know that living where there's winter means that our summers are beautiful and pleasant, not searing and hellish.
|An old photo of our home. It looks different now|
But the truth is that looking after the animals in winter is harder. And sometimes unpleasant (old post called 'The 5 stages of Winter" if you are interested) . Now that January has hit winter is full on. We've had a couple storms and dealt with them as per usual. Last friday we had a wicked storm that started as freezing rain and ended as snow. And then the temperature dropped, freezing the snow into a hard mass.
|the snow was good for snowshoeing|
Today the temperature began to rise. After a calm morning, a blizzard started at noon. I brought the horses in and stocked up their hay and water on my lunch break and then headed back to work. The temps kept raising and the snow turned to rain. And then became really heavy. Now I knew that this was going to happen and was
resigned prepared. After work I went out and grabbed my shovel. I spent the next 30 minutes digging the now softened ice/snow to allow a path for water to run. I then cleaned out the stalls, swept and fed the horses.
Now when the the weather is bad the chickens leave their coop and make a beeline for the barn. Where they spend the rest of day. The analogy I use is 'teenagers at the mall'. They hang out, squabble, demand treats and generally make it clear that they own the barn and the horses are simply tenants.
|enjoying a sunny spot|
|I believe that he often thinks I make bad decisions|
Urgh … winter rain is the worst. I 100x prefer snow to ice and rain, 😁ReplyDelete
Yes I agree.Delete
Yikes! Chickens on the run isn’t a thing I have to deal with, but I completely sympathize with everything else. The bonus is no flies!ReplyDelete
lol, you should 100% get chickens. Most of the time they are amusing.And the eggs are delicious..Delete
One of my coworkers asked me the other day about what time I have to get up and do chores and how much longer things take in the winter 😖😬🥶 ughhhh.ReplyDelete
Like EVERYTHING, is longer. And so many layers. I miss the days when I could just slip on shoes and go out the door.Delete
Lol! Oh Chickens...just like teens you can never get them to do what you want.ReplyDelete
Yup. They have the disapproving stare down pat too!Delete
Oh those silly chickens! They just wanted their human to serve them extra given the weather. I hope the weather takes a little break for you soon!ReplyDelete
They are very entitled birds!Delete
Winter is quite literally the WORST for horse chores. I shovel at home and then end up having to dig out gates and if your mare is as nutty as mine is, you end up having to DIG DOWN the front fenceline because she's thinking hopping over is looking REALLLLLL inviting right about now (since the snow has raised the paddock an extra 2 feet... ugh). I am regretting not throwing a line of electric up in the Fall when I had the chance.ReplyDelete
I remember having to dig out the fence so they could see it. I never want to do that again. like ever.Delete
Yup rain on top of snow and then cold and then more rain.... no fun at all! We have ice paths here too. Can't ride for a while.ReplyDelete
You chickens sound like my cats. One look at the weather and they hightail it back to the couch.
My cat is firmly ensconced inside. She will join me on my walks and then goes back to bed!Delete
it's barely january (ish) and i'm already over winter haha -- here's hoping more mild weather is on the way!ReplyDelete
Right? I'm sure that January has like 85 days!Delete