First Real Snow Event in Five Years for Central Missouri

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by centrarchid, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. SueT

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    In our SW corner of MO, still only rain so far at 7 am, and above freezing.......the radar looks scary tho....
     
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  2. centrarchid

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    We have at least 8. Had to stop at McDonald's for rest.
     
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  3. aart

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    Hang in there!
     
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  4. centrarchid

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    It is kind of fun. Had to pick up student to get her in to care for stock in lab. Took almost an hour to drive what normally takes 15 minutes. Now loading up fish to take to the University of Missouri so vet students can learn how to work on those. That drive will likely take well over an hour. Then come back, pickup student again and drop her at home, then we go and have so chicken fun in the snow baby! This is snowman snow for sure. Kids will be in heaven and dog with pee on their efforts.
     
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  5. centrarchid

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    Snow depth appears to be pushing 16". Fencing issues are a result. Games are going a good job staying off snow. One American Dominique rooster is trying to walk through snow.
     
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  6. centrarchid

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    Pictures of the mess. I missed kids playing in snow.

    Female dogs romping.

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    Bachelor pad with football team coming out from shelter.
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    Sallie in her coop.
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    Both English Shepherds walking up to barn.
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    Lucy checking what I threw to American Dominique cockerel. Cockerel having trouble getting through very deep snow.
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    Dogs checking pens ahead of me as I see to covers that need to be put back on. I having trouble finding some covers because buried deep in snow.
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    Sallie standing on connecting between fence charger and fence. Dogs checking her out.
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  7. roosterhavoc

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    Why don’t you put some form of roof on those pens? Maybe some straw too so theyre not standing up to their necks in snow??
     
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  8. SueT

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    Oh gosh, so much snow! I hope it warms up enuf next week to melt it. It snowed hard here this morning, but none stuck, it all melted. It will be icy for sure.
     
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  9. SueT

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    We got a mere dusting of snow overnight and only this one hen would come out and walk in it.....tempted by scratch feed. And it isn't all that cold, 29º. They've all seen snow before, I am surprised.
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  10. centrarchid

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    Mine also reluctant. Free-range birds based in barn a behaving just like free-range in pens and bird penned directly in snow covered field. All are staying roost. Most will come down to fill crops just before dark but otherwise stay on roost. The totally free-range birds would typically move to protected locations to loaf, but even those locations are snow covered.

    I have some cool images to show in a moment. We got an additional inch or so last night.
     
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