BRRRR! I know it’s rude and inconsiderate to complain about the cold when a record-breaking blizzard is pelting other parts of the country, but baby it’s cold outside!
Winter is a subtle proposition when it’s not defined by wind chill. We get rain instead of snow, and plenty of it so far this season!
The chickens have complained mightily. They have no idea how much worse it could be:
I don’t know about you, but I never knew that chickens were cold-hardy. Some more so than others, but in general, those feather coats are apparently just as good as fur. However, there is a limit: I found this post on the GardenWeb Farm Forum http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/farmlife/ and wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry:
“At times in the past we have had the roosters get a little frostbite. It never seemed to bother them much. Only once on a fancy cochin we had did it get hurt. I actually found it one morning hanging upside down froze in a tree. We had a nasty ice storm that night. I brought it in and wrapped it in a towel while I sat next to the stove and it came back to life. It was the weirdest thing I ever saw. It was stiff as a frozen chicken when I brought it in. It lived for years with no ill effects after that. I guess it’s all in what they get used to whether you leave them out or not.”
Another sign of winter at our house is gauged by the scale. Winter weight gain is a real phenomena (here’s an article on how to avoid it at Military.com: http://www.military.com/military-fitness-center/2009-fitness-guide/avoid-adding-winter-weight.htm but some of us are struggling with more than the usual one-to-two extra pounds. I know we aren’t supposed to name names here, but to protect the innocent, I’m going to let it slip that at a recent vet visit, Chloe tipped the scales at (gasp!) 104 lbs.
And she’s not the only one dealing with winter spread:
Too many people in the house giving too many treats too many times a day. So new restrictions have been imposed and with any luck, Chloe will be our next “biggest loser”.
While the rest of us are trying to keep warm, a certain bantam chicken named Taco Belle has figured out how to brave winter in style. According to her owner, who posted this photo on www.backyardchickens.com, Taco Belle is a “house chicken” who understands the true meaning of hearth and home:
Hope you all stay warm on this wintry day!