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Well, I have to tell those of you that care for ducks/livestock in areas that have 'real winter' are admirable.  My husband asked me what I would do in the winter when I was talking about getting ducks, I said, " Just deal with it".  Yep, that's what you do, but I am glad winter events such as we just had are rare around here.   We just went through our first 'winter event' with the ducks. Winter event = 12 inches of snow, freezing rain, ice storm, now followed by rain and wind and flooding as we are warming up really quickly.  We average maybe 5 inches of snow (maybe) in January total.  Last ice storm was 1996 (and I was out of state).  Ducks are happier than clams...except I made them stay in their duck houses yesterday in anticipation of the ice storm.  66 hours of no power, no water (no well - we had some reserved but I learned I need a better way to store additional water with the ducks), now a foot of snow melting quickly, and floods and wind to follow.  Ducks just love it all....glad I didn't get the chickens I wanted instead of the ducks.  Last few days would have been a lot more interesting. 

 

 

Three spoiled Khaki Campbells (Walter, Mildred, Mocha)(RIP Watson), two spoiled Magpies (Ciscoe, Peeps), one spoiled miniature red dachshund (Abbey), one spoiled black and tan dappled miniature dachshund (Sherman), and a not-so-spoiled husband.

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Three spoiled Khaki Campbells (Walter, Mildred, Mocha)(RIP Watson), two spoiled Magpies (Ciscoe, Peeps), one spoiled miniature red dachshund (Abbey), one spoiled black and tan dappled miniature dachshund (Sherman), and a not-so-spoiled husband.

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The flock tolerates all the weather excitement better than the humans do!

 

Three spoiled Khaki Campbells (Walter, Mildred, Mocha)(RIP Watson), two spoiled Magpies (Ciscoe, Peeps), one spoiled miniature red dachshund (Abbey), one spoiled black and tan dappled miniature dachshund (Sherman), and a not-so-spoiled husband.

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Three spoiled Khaki Campbells (Walter, Mildred, Mocha)(RIP Watson), two spoiled Magpies (Ciscoe, Peeps), one spoiled miniature red dachshund (Abbey), one spoiled black and tan dappled miniature dachshund (Sherman), and a not-so-spoiled husband.

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The flock tolerates all the weather excitement better than the humans do!

 

That is so cute... I know when it gets bad here I worry so much about my babies, then I go outside and they are all laying around like hey get over it already... LOL

 

 

Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 16 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..
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Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 16 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..
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Ah, winter.

 

Here it´s been mild so far. We had 3 feet of snow by this time last year.

 

But it´s been nippy (single digits, teens, low twenties F) this week, and tomorrow we´re expecting four to six inches of snow.

 

I keep some five gallon jerry cans for water storage.  This year it´s been nice, since there were a few times I failed to drain the garden hose so we had no outdoor watering.  I am much better at remembering to drain the hose now, and I have found that a pitcher of warm (80 - 100F) water thaws the spigots.

 

 

"stable families living peaceful lives in prosperity and physical security while free to pursue our own spiritual or religious beliefs. Adequate nutritious food and clean water. …  balanced lives with time for family, friends and community .... All to be ensured, ... on a foundation of regenerating soils and biologically diverse communities on Earth’s land and in her rivers, lakes and oceans."...

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"stable families living peaceful lives in prosperity and physical security while free to pursue our own spiritual or religious beliefs. Adequate nutritious food and clean water. …  balanced lives with time for family, friends and community .... All to be ensured, ... on a foundation of regenerating soils and biologically diverse communities on Earth’s land and in her rivers, lakes and oceans."...

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Ah, winter.

 

Here it´s been mild so far. We had 3 feet of snow by this time last year.

 

But it´s been nippy (single digits, teens, low twenties F) this week, and tomorrow we´re expecting four to six inches of snow.

 

I keep some five gallon jerry cans for water storage.  This year it´s been nice, since there were a few times I failed to drain the garden hose so we had no outdoor watering.  I am much better at remembering to drain the hose now, and I have found that a pitcher of warm (80 - 100F) water thaws the spigots.

 

 

Good for you Amiga, I hate it when I forget to drain the hose... barnie.gif

 

 

Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 16 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..
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Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 16 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..
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When our electric was off for three days due to a snow storm, we got buckets of snow and brought them inside the house to melt on top of a kerosene heater.  It worked great for the duck water and it also took 10 buckets of snow melted to flush toilets.  Both reasons for melting snow were in dire need!

Mom to 3 Welsh Harlequin ducks, a Barred Rock, a Buff Orphington, 2 Rhode Island Red chickens, plus two miniature daschunds and a wonderful husband who is very supportive of my new 2011 eggers.
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Mom to 3 Welsh Harlequin ducks, a Barred Rock, a Buff Orphington, 2 Rhode Island Red chickens, plus two miniature daschunds and a wonderful husband who is very supportive of my new 2011 eggers.
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