Ahhh, the joys of winter chore time in the frozen north

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Cottage Rose, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. Cottage Rose

    Cottage Rose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2008
    Mid west Michigan
    Winter chores....oh the drudgery. I moan and groan when I have to bundle up and go out in the dark, cold, night but once I'm out there I enjoy the clucking chickens, babbling geese and muttering Muscovies. The air is refreshing and the diamond dusted, snow covered landscape is so mystical. I always feel close to God when I'm out there... communing with nature and the my feathered friends...loud needle scratching....
    UGH! How many times is that dang duck going to run a round the coop before it goes in...I ask myself as I'm running after it thinking of how good duck soup would taste right about now.
    My fingers and toes are numb and throbbing!
    I take my gloves off and blow heavily on my blue fingers (puff-puff-puuuff!)...and whats up with suddening having to pee in the middle of chores? Run back to the house, take off my boots, RUN to the john...AHHHH!!! Old dogs look at me like I'm nuts. Young one thinks I'm playing with her as I run by and I trip over her as shes dances around my feet. Boots back on, wade through the snow, down the long, dark path, (of course, I left my flashlight in the house)..geese are screeching for their food, ducks are fighting....the water is frozen solid in the buckets.
    I stomp-stomp-stomp on the buckets...out it finally comes out...a perfect, pail shaped, block of ice!
    By spring I have quite an impressive mound of them.
    I fill the water buckets, fill the feeders, drain the water out of 100' of hose over the limb on the old pine tree (why am I so fat when I do all this work everyday???).
    I trudge back to shut the doors and turn off the lights...all is well.
    Crops are bulging, sounds of contentment fill the air.
    I hang my arms over the stall door and the geese nibble on my fingers.
    I ask how their day went.
    As usual the geese have alot to say, always interupting each other as they fill me in.
    No complaints from the ducks as they eye me with that mistrustful look. The chickens sit all poofy on their roost trying to ignore me. I head back to the light of the back door and seek out the wood stove to thaw myself out after pull off my poopy boots and peel off my soaking wet jeans... Ah, the joys of winter chores!
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2008
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    ..[​IMG]..very funny and ooh so true!..[​IMG]..thanks for sharing that!
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    It's so nice to go out the backyard now, feed the chickens, give them water and not be so hot I want to jump into the pool.

    Truly, chore time in 'north'-east Phoenix, is a wonderful this time of year.

    Five-day forecast
    Dec 10 Clear
    Hi: 69°
    Lo: 44°
    Dec 11 Partly Cloudy
    Hi: 73°
    Lo: 46°
    Dec 12 Cloudy
    Hi: 74°
    Lo: 48°
    Dec 13 Clear
    Hi: 72°
    Lo: 47°
    Dec 14 Clear
    Hi: 66°
    Lo: 45°

  4. menageriemama

    menageriemama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2008
    Lake Nebagamon, WI
    Ah- poofy chickens and frozen poo. Winter!

    Thanks for this [​IMG]
  5. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    We get up to the 50's during the day so that helps ALOT but every morning the hose is froze..... And it doesn't help that the roo is standing in icy water dish either. He LOVES to stand in that thing.
  6. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    Glad I live where I do. We may see that much snow on the ground by January.

    BTW: I live quite a bit further north than you.
  7. Leah-yes I know I'm crazy

    Leah-yes I know I'm crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 24, 2008
    Skidway Lake, MI
    We measured. Ten more inches of snow today. Birds wouldn't even come out of the coop till I shoveled a path. Then they came out and poo'd all over where I shoveled, meaning that MY walking area and their toilet are now the same. Love it when that gets tracked back into the house.
  8. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    We just had our first snow of the season. About an inch and with 38 degree temps we are watching it melt. [​IMG]
  9. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    I can't wait until we get moved north and can enjoy the snow.
  10. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    That means I can visit and get duck eggs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by