Gosh, it's 54 degrees out right now! Sunny... but the wind is picking up.
The wind is bringing with it Polar Vortex Two.
Abby has been inside with me cleaning the house and doing dishes... and chewing on a bone.
She rarely gets to do this, as Lilly would kill her for the bone, and I am not exaggerating.
We never have let bones down on the floor here, and rarely, rarely outside. Lilly means to be the boss.
It's not worth it to me to have to worry... and she is defensive of her bones outside, too, so I am always careful. But this was a treat for Abs, who thoroughly enjoyed the chew. The bone is put up now, again, for safety.
I went out to the henspa when I got home from the hospital visiting my brother Mike this morning, and no one was home, except the three rafter-dwellers.
I went outside to find the hens-who-never-leave-the-henhouse... those at the top of the picture, and the little white on the side... all outside, enjoying the sun and fresh air.
I couldn't believe it!
One of the two little Mille Fleur roosters was "protecting" them, and I was glad to see it. As you see, the big white hen is laying down, as usual. I'm going to take a really good look at her today.. she CAN walk... she just doesn't.
I gave them all some bread that I was given at the food pantry yesterday, so everyone was happy.
Ferdie and some of the big hens were hanging around, too... in hopes of getting more bread.
I'm about to go out and let the flock loose in the yard... but Lilly must come in first.
It's funny, because after 8 years, I can have her in the pasture with the ducks and chickens there loose... and I don't worry about her. The yard is "hers" though, and I have to keep her in while the flock is out.
I hope everyone is either enjoying the respite between layers of cold... or surviving the cold that has not gone away.
53 days until spring!