Chickens and Snow

We have had more snow the past couple of days and I have been trying to keep up with the animals. There are some things I have learned about chicken keeping in the snow, so I thought I would share some of them. You may know some (or all) of them, but maybe you will learn something new :)

1. Chickens don’t like to walk or be in the snow typically. So we have a large run for them to spend time in when the weather is bad. Our run is 8 ft tall, 8 ft wide, and 16 ft long. We are down to 13 chickens now, but have had upwards of 18 chickens in our run and they all have space.

Chicken coop

2. Chickens will eat the snow if they can get their little heads out to reach the snow with out having to step in it. (Even if they have fresh water inside the coop) ;)

Chicken snow

They just gobble it up.

Chickens two snow

3. Chickens are sensitive to the snow so if your chickens do walk in it you will need to watch their feet, wattle, and comb for frostbite. If your chickens do go out in the snow you may want to consider putting petroleum jelly on these areas to help prevent frostbite.

4. If your chickens are in their run all day they will create quite a mess depending on the type of bedding you have in your coop. Sand creates the least amount of dust, but we don’t have access to that much sand so we use wood chips and pine shavings so our coop gets quite dusty. I tell you this as when it is not actually snowing we open the door of the coop to let fresh air in and allow some of the dust to get out. We also try to clean the coop a little between snows to get more of the dust and cob webs out of there. ( We also do a deeper clean in the spring and fall but that’s another post).

chik snow

5. Its important to give your chickens something to do while they are stuck in the coop. We usually give them different types of treats, scratch, and feed blocks to peck at and forage for.

6. We also want to give our girls a place to dust besides in the dusty wood chips and shavings, so we have a kids size swimming pool in the coop and we have a few bags of sand we dumped into it. We try to clean it out every few days as well, but the girls like the sand ‘bath’.

Chicken coop sand

7. Its important to check your water as when its cold the water can freeze (sometimes more then once a day) even with a heated bucket like we have. We tend to pull out the frozen parts as we can and then leave them in the coop as the girls like to peck at it.

Chickens snow

8. Its good to have chicken coop protectors to check things out a couple times a day to make sure no predators get too close ;)

Chase protectBaxter coop

The (Not) So Big Snow

It snowed last night and into early this morning, but we didn’t get as much as expected. I couldn’t get to work so I got to stay home with the boys. We went out this morning in the snow to check on the chickens and to let the boys play.

Dogs run

The snow was deep enough it was fun, but not so deep they couldn’t run and play.

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I let them run all over the property and I got some exercise too following them around…

Dogs running

They really loved checking out the stream that runs along one side of our place…

Chase Stream 2

Chase just had to figure out a way across…

Dogs stream

And he eventually did get across and had some fun with his brother.

Chase stream

Did you and your pups have any fun in the snow today?

Snow, Dogs, Birds, and Chickens

Didn’t get as much snow today as they originally predicted, but it snowed most of the day lightly. When I got home from work we took the boys outside to play and help us get the chickens ready for the snow that started around 6 tonight.

Dogs

The chicken water tank was frozen over. Luckily the one inside the coop is holding up well and staying un-frozen.

Water

And I found another soft egg so I put it outside in a dish to see what the snow would do to it.

Egg

The boys enjoyed running and playing for a while.

Chase run

I took the opportunity to take some pictures around the yard.

Bird feeder

The snow was sitting so pretty on the pine trees.

Pine

The birds had almost finished their blocks so we had to fill the feeders up and get them set for the snow as well before we came back in for dinner.

Feeder

Do you like out new block feeder? I couldn’t pass up a chicken one ;)

It starts…

The weather man says the forecast is a mix of snow and ice, with a little rain mixed in. So that means where we live it will be all snow and ice. It started about 2 hours before they said as well.

Tree

This wintery mix is set to continue until Monday. Hopefully it won’t be too bad tomorrow morning as I have to go work at my private practice. The chickens got out today as some of the last snow we had melted. The dogs enjoyed a run and we are ready for the bad weather inside and out. Hope you have a blessed weekend :)

Snow Time

The forecast says we are to have snow from now until Monday. We had a couple inches today…

1st snow

But they say more is coming from Friday to Monday. The chickens refuse to go out in the snow so even though their door was open… not a chicken was seen.

Coop

Still the boys had fun out in the snow. Chase enjoyed checking out the chicken fence parameter and leaving his footprints in the snow :)

Chase patroll

Any of you get any snow today too?

2015

I’m not getting off to a good blogging start this year,  but I still wanted to wish you a…

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Happy New Year!

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I hope you all had a blessed and happy Christmas. Did you celebrate in any special way?

Tree

We had a quiet and relaxing day. Ate some good food, opened some gifts, and celebrated our Saviors birth. When the day started out the dogs were up and ready…

Dogs awake

But by the end of the day they were sacked out…

Dogs asleep

But Santa brought them some good treats they nibbled on before their nap ;)

10 Reasons I wish Christmas was a week and not a day…

10. Many business are closed and people are home. (more businesses should be closed)

Bax n chase tree

9. People are nicer.

8. You can be in your P.J. as much as you want.

7. Small town Christmas parades.

6. The decorations… I just love the decoration and oh the lights… I could look at the lights forever ;)

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5. My pups love the snow (when we get it).

4. All the Christmas treats. While I can’t eat most of them I love to bake and make them for others.

3. The good food you don’t eat other times of year.

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2. Families make time to spend together.

1. To celebrate our Savior’s birth… we should celebrate it every day.

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Merry Christmas Eve :)

Question for you?

Are you enjoying your holiday season?

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Well are ya? Baxter and Chase hope you are finding time to enjoy all the things you love about this time of year and finding time to enjoy family and friends.  Happy Holidays :)

Tree Time

Today after a little black Friday shopping and some lunch… we got our TREE :)

Tree

Hubby and I have gone to the same cut your own tree farm since our first Christmas together. In the last few years my mom and step father have gone with us and a couple times my dad went with us. This year my mom, stepdad, hubby and I made our way to the farm and out into the field to find the perfect tree. Surprisingly this year one of the first few trees we found ended up being the one…

Tree cut

I did all the cutting this year as the tree was higher and the trunk smaller.

Tree cut 2

After we got it cut we pulled it in the cart back to pay…

Walk back

The tree place ties it up for you so it’s easier to get it home. Our tree ended up being 7 foot this year.

Tree house

Once we got home we put the tree in it’s stand and gave it some water.

Tree chase bax

Tomorrow morning we will decorate the tree over breakfast. Hope you had a happy Friday.

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