Yard Art Hen & Chick in the Snow~ where are the other 3 chicks?
It is still very cold here today. Much snow is still on the ground, at least in the shady places. No new snow for a few days, but very cold temps have kept the snow around and made the roads and driveways icy.
It's been so cold in fact, that I moved my remaining two old hens into my living room a couple of nights ago. Hens in the House
I think they were getting a little frostbite happening on their combs and wattles. I brought them inside to warm them up and to observe them. They seemed fine the next day, so I moved them back outside after adding more straw to their nest boxes and replacing their light bulb (used for warmth) with a higher wattage one.
I heard a strange sound a few nights ago, and wondered if it was a bobcat or coyote. Then I found these tracks on the snow. Animal Tracks
They look more like dog tracks than a bobcat or even coyote. I did also see a stray dog running around by my driveway that same day.
I have been staying mostly inside and keeping warm with my electric heaters or with a fire in my woodstove. Of course, these beautiful red roses helped to keep my heart warm. Thank you for my roses, Bob.
With the cold weather, and me being more housebound, I've been baking more often this week too. I find that using the oven to bake something really helps to heat the cold house and also makes some delicious food too. I love that it serves two useful purposes at the same time.
More Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread ~ this time with whole wheat flour added
I also baked a nice apricot crisp last night. No photos. No crisp left either. Between me and the guys, it is long gone already!
Happy Winter to you! Winter Solstice is tomorrow. Celebrate by lighting a candle and thanking our Universe for the light, the warmth of the sun, and the seasons.
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