A Snow Day

February 7, 2014

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I wasn't sure we would see a real snow day this year, but here it is, an exciting novelty if you're lucky enough to experience it from home in the proper setting, with a barrier of cozy blankets, a cat curled warmly upon your lap, and a hot beverage at your side. Commuting, on the other hand, is full of minor terrors. I was unlucky enough to experience the roads last night, and I'm not in any rush to put myself through it again today if it can be helped.

This inclement weather is also a first for the chickens, and although we've left the coop door open for them to come and go at will, they've opted to remain under cover. I'm curious to see if they get restless as the day progresses, and how they might behave in the snow. They seemed to enjoy themselves during the minor snowfall on Tuesday, but I haven't seen so much as a talon-print in the inch or two (or three?) layer that currently coats the ground. Do any of you chicken keepers have experience with snow-loving hens?

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  1. Mine never venture out on the first day, but usually by the second or third they're checking it out. This storm we had to clear them a little patch of space. Now, when we had ducks on the other hand--they were crazy for the snow. Someone told me it's because they really don't have feeling in their feet.

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    1. Ah! That makes sense about the ducks. I've always wondered how they could tolerate the icy cold water temperatures of winter.

      Perhaps I'll shovel a path out from the coop for the girls to encourage them to wander outside. :)

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  2. Our chickens never liked it and my sister says hers have not ventured out in this at all..Maybe they feel they stick out too much for the predators to see.

    Your photos are lovely...enjoy! xo

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    1. Good point, Sherri! I tried to bribe them out with some banana today, but they wouldn't have it. Enjoy your weekend!

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  3. Wonderful pictures, lovely blog!
    Winter is late in Austria too!
    Have fun
    Elisabeth

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  4. Thanks Maria! How are you faring the snow? :)

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  5. Oh my gosh! I love your blog! I can't wait to read back through your archives. Seems like we're kindred spirits. Thanks for leading me here and happy winter,
    Milla

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    1. I think so too! Thanks for stopping by, Milla. :)

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  6. Lovely photos, it looks so peaceful. I love a white winter landscape but at the same time I'm terrified of driving in it, so I can relate and hope you can stay home for a while just enjoying the view :)

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