Well, somehow, despite the 40 degree days, winter has come back to us.
We are facing a week of temps at night below zero... and I am going to make the ducks as comfortable as I can outside.
They have a duck house... they have a fort under the little henhouse... a tarped pen, and a deep bed of straw and hay. They are clearly miserable inside.
We laid in 8 bags of feed yesterday, preparing for a week when I know the starlings are going to try to
eat us out of house and home!
I'll be hauling a lot of water, too, methinks.
The henspa chickens came over to see what I was doing.
I drove over to the henspa to unload there... and Ferdy the big rooster came in to
see what I was up to. He went back in the corner to investigate... he has never done this before!
One of the hens has been coming across the top, where there is an opening in the wire... and laying there, off and on.
He looked pretty embarassed when he came out!
He posed very professionally for me at the top of the stairs when he went out.
You see I drove the bags over to henspa with the car... and then schlepped them up the stairs in
buckets. I have to admit I was pretty worn out when finished.
The Farm Asistant was snitching some of the chicken's treats... but I caught her.
I put the water in the fortex on the deck this morning, and within maybe five minutes, it was down and inch and a half!
Then, this afternoon, I had to go to the doctor... and when I got home, there was only slush in the bottom.
That's how thirsty all the birds were on this cold day.
And speaking of the birds....