Snowy close out

Cabin in snow
First snow of the year: October 27

Well, here we are at the end of the season. It’s been a great run, and it’s a little exciting to end on a snowcapped note.

The first snow of the season officially came on October 27, but the bigger guns were pulled out yesterday, on October 29. We got about six inches of snow, enough to flicker the power a few times but not cause any serious damage.

Covered raised beds
Raised beds . . . of 6" of snow

The chickens, being less than a year old and generally ignorant in the ways of snow, seemed awfully confused by the whole thing. The brave few who ventured out became so distrustful of walking in it that they would flap flap flap about 10 feet through the air, land, realize they were in pretty much the same predicament they were 10 feet ago, squawk disgruntledly (new word?), and try again for want of anything else to do.

Howling at the cold
Little Dick rails against the powers that have sent the snow and cold to blight him and his fellow chickens

Then there were the hens who wandered out, presumably to try to lay eggs somewhere other than the nestboxes that we so lovingly provided for them in the previous blog post. (They’ve yet to use the boxes, insisting instead on giving us Easter egg hunts.) Said hens flapped into the taller grass, squatted a bit, got cold, and apparently had their brains shorted out. They just . . . stood there. For a few minutes. In the snow. Anyway, eventually we got concerned about them and carried them back to the warmth of the coop.

Snowy perch
Snowy perch. Note the wing-marks in the snow above her.

But one of the fake campine hens decided that who was the man to put her back in the coop? And that no cage would hold her. And probably many other subversive chicken thoughts as she retraced exactly the same path back to exactly the same spot about 10 minutes later. (The advantage of snow-covered ground is that  you can tell where the chickens are wandering, and this one wandered to pretty much the same place.)

Deer highway
Deer highway

Of course, snowy ground isn’t just useful for tracking chickens, the utility of which is generally in question anyway, since we usually know where they are. Deer, on the other hand, are the sneaky minxes of the farm, and knowing where they travel is rather helpful for the upcoming hunting season. I say upcoming despite the fact that bow season and muzzleloaders are currently in because Nick doesn’t do either of those (yet?). We’ve rather grudgingly fed the buggers all year long, and it’s about time they return the favor.

We’ll finish up today with a few pictures of the farm covered in snow, which is already melting quickly. Enjoy! And use those comments, if you are so inclined, to let us know how the weather treated you.

Circumscribing grass
One blade, tracing circles with the wind
Artsy frost
Nature gets a little artsy up in here

2 thoughts on “Snowy close out”

  1. Happy New Year from Mazatlan! I’m sure you don’t want to know what the weather is like here. I hope the hens figure out where they should be laying those eggs! Looking forward to the types of farm activities you guys will be doing during the winter months.


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