Then we got more snow. I started this post 5 days ago...huh! I'm finally getting back to it now and a few things have changed a bit. We haven't had much snow up to the end of January, it snowed a little and it did drift some so Jim had to plow the drive so that we could get out of the garage and driveway. Now the temps are falling and we probably have about 4 inches added to what we just got during our last snowfall.
Our wood pile is starting to go down some, we are heating our home solely with wood this year, our furnace has not kicked on at all and we are contributing it to our new stove. We are actually burning less wood with the new stove so that is a huge bonus for us.
In December 2020 just before Christmas we didn't have any snow, what snow we did have was pretty scarce. We try to burn our huge burn pile that grows over the year on Winter Solstice, sometimes we are here and sometimes we are gone to Texas, this year we are here. So burn we did.
Since the temps are dipping down to well below zero here and the birds are going to have to be a bit more confined to the coop. They don't like going out in the cold, and they don't like the snow, just to name a few things they don't like about winter. So to keep them warmer and to keep them busy and not going stir crazy pecking each other to death (not literally). They get bored, just like we do. So I've been making flock blocks to help with that.
I found a few homemade recipes and this is the one I used from Lisa Steele over at Fresh Eggs Daily.
Heading out to the chicken coop this morning to do our morning routine with the chickens, I was kicking myself for not having my camera with me. It look like a frozen tundra, the way the frozen snow looked with the sun just coming up through the clouds. It's a moment that I'll just have to savor in my mind.