Thursday, March 6, 2014

A Brief Thaw

A day without new snow!   
The chicks were happy, they are frightened of
the white scary stuff.  Once we added
a layer of straw it was better but now we 
also have a short thaw.  I was home today 
so I took advantage of the time to clean out the fridge
and found some apples that were just a little soft.
Between apples, celery, a few grapes and lettuce,
the chicks had some nice treats.

The winter has been hard on them
and there are way too many in the coop.
We need to thin the flock a bit, 
particularly since we have several roosters.
From past experience, having multiple roosters
has not worked out well.

Although we may not be completely over 
with ice and snow, things are looking up.
Check out what came in the mail today!
I've got my list going already.


Sunnybrook Farm said...

Nice looking birds. We are due snow tonight, spring can't come too soon.

LindaG said...


Great post. Glad you had some nice weather.
Have a great weekend!

Harry Flashman said...

Do you eat the chickens?

We have a 90 percent chance of snow here after midnight.

Manny said...

It's been such a hard winter. I just came back on a flight from across the country and looking out the window it seems the entire country is covered with snow. From the Rockies to the east coast. And the Great Lakes was 80% covered with ice. I can't wait for spring.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

We have not eaten the chickens, yet. We had planned for some meat birds this year but then decided to keep the hens and split the flock in two once we expand their area. The roosters may get eaten.

Powell River Books said...

The fresh eggs would be nice, but I'm not home enough to take care of animals. - Margy

Harry Flashman said...

Wasn't it you folks who ate the wood chuck one time? That's pretty hard core.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Yep, groundhog and dumplings. It's good-really. I found that lots of people here eat them.

Manny said...

You'll probably laugh at this question. Do hens taste any different than roosters? Just

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

Hey there...glad to hear you had a day with no snow!
The chicks look great...I bet your list is as long as your arm for the garden.
I bought some seed the other day and actually got to work in my raised beds and do a bit of clearing. No planting yet...but hope to soon!

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Hi Manny, I don't think so but I understand that they can be less tender if they age. We tend to use a pressure cooker for anything we think may be tough and it comes out so tender you can't hardly pick it up without it falling apart.

Melanie said...

Winter was hard on my girls too. Having chickens helps eliminate food waste for me too. I don't feel bad if I can give something to them instead of wasting it. I think tht my girls are as ready for spring and fresh vegetables as I am!