First Real Snow Event in Five Years for Central Missouri

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

  1. OhZark Biddies

    OhZark Biddies Crowing

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    It does kind of seem odd, based on what we typically think of Amish.

    Some of the Amish I’ve known in sw missouri could use modern things such as cars, refrigeration. Etc.. but the individual could not own it... those things were owned by the church/community.

    The Amish in nw missouri that I’ve traded with were more traditional, and did not use modern things.

    The Amish I know in my immediate area of south central Missouri seem not much different than anyone else... other than a few clues in their dress and grooming you’d not really pick up on the fact they are Amish.

    And then there are Mennonites that are often referred to as “Amish” due to similar customs and they that have different ways still yet, which can confuse the matter also.
     
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  2. SueT

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    The Bobcat our neighbors use doesn't have pnuematic tires, it has treads, which I think is part of the exception to the rule. There is an Old Order Mennonite group in the county north of us. They are very conservative. They hold a yearly consignment auction which is fascinating to attend. We have seen they use horses on treadmills to generate power. Of course all the 'liberal' Amish attend the auction too, it's quite a get-together......
     
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  3. OhZark Biddies

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    I once helped an Amish gent load by hand a horse drawn wagon with two pallets of chicken leg quarters he bought from the grocery store in July.

    It was a 90 degree day and I was thinking what is he going to do with this when he gets to where he’s going.

    So I asked and he explained that the community owned a walk in cooler that they’d store them in over night and by that time tomorrow they’d have all of that chicken canned and put up.

    One modern thing he could have used that day was deodorant...:eek:
     
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  4. Mimi’s 13

    Mimi’s 13 fuhgettaboutit

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  5. Wee Farmer Sarah

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    Pretty stuff. This makes me sooo happy I only have a little over 1/2 acre. Fewer trails to clear to get to the coop. Good luck with all that. That storm is heading my way this weekend.
     
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  6. centrarchid

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    Cedar tree branches to block weather.
     
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  7. Trish1974

    Trish1974 Araucana enthusiast

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    @centrarchid What is your latest prediction for this next round of snow (if you are still in its path)? Its supposed to hit us Saturday, 6-8", then -5 degrees for the low Sunday night.
     
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  8. centrarchid

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    Snow start has been moved forward by almost a day. Temperature not to be as low as originally predicted, but will still be problematic starting Saturday night and go all day Sunday. Wind will still be an concern.

    Tonight, after dealing with owl issue, I will start cutting lower branches from cedar trees to use as small covers and wind breaks. Another piece will be placed on snow so birds have a location other perch to stand on. Also will be getting hay busted up for birds to settle on.
     
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  9. centrarchid

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    Now things are getting nasty. Temperature has been above freezing for almost 36 hours. Snow is melting from top and below. Water is flowing everywhere between snow and ground. Frost heave has left ground very difficult to walk on. Roosters has been crowing a lot over night, because they feel spunky, or at least I do with the approaching weather system. Only about half the snow from last event melted and the water is still present. Once all this stuff starts to go, we will have some significant issues.

    Tonight I will attempt to move some pens. That is something that my little mobile are good for. The problem is there is not really good ground. Even barn is getting to be a mess with the sustained high moisture and chickens not going outside to spread feces around better. Nasty.
     
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    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    I just carried fresh feed sacks to barn. Almost 200 yards. I am not as young as I used to be.

    Numerous fox tracks inside fence area and even going through fence . Numerous and appear to indicate mostly running as if playing. Pens doing their part as layer that holds. Dogs not alerted as fast because chickens did not stir. Dogs still did chase something off around 0300.
     
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