Hating Winters

NewYorkMama

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Apr 17, 2017
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Hi,

Just venting my dislike of Winter with the chickens. Everything is muddy, cold, and covered in snow. Did I mention muddy? I want to sit out with my girls like I do the rest of the year, but it's FREEZING out there! Feels like I'm always clearing snow and ice off of things. Also changing water sucks - my gloves ALWAYS get wet and/or my hands freeze. :barnie

Sorry, rant over. Winter is not though. :hit
 

oldhenlikesdogs

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Why I like winter, let me count the ways....

Frozen poop, frozen bugs, frozen parasites, frozen snakes, no alligators, no rattle snakes, a break from mosquitoes, and flies, no gardening, and cooler chickens.

I take a nice cup of coffee out and bundle up and watch my birds. I don't like mud and prefer frozen ground. So look on the bright side or head south. Winter isn't even technically here yet. :) I wait until February before I start hating winter.
 

Abriana

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Hi,

Just venting my dislike of Winter with the chickens. Everything is muddy, cold, and covered in snow. Did I mention muddy? I want to sit out with my girls like I do the rest of the year, but it's FREEZING out there! Feels like I'm always clearing snow and ice off of things. Also changing water sucks - my gloves ALWAYS get wet and/or my hands freeze. :barnie

Sorry, rant over. Winter is not though. :hit
I dislike winter as well! My rooster has a big comb and wattles, and so they get frost bitten. He has to hang out in a dog crate in the coop with the heat lamp when it is below freezing. Luckily this year it hasn’t yet come to that. Today it was even above sixty! Probably more near seventy. It was lovely. But it snowed last Thursday!
 

oldhenlikesdogs

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I dislike winter as well! My rooster has a big comb and wattles, and so they get frost bitten. He has to hang out in a dog crate in the coop with the heat lamp when it is below freezing. Luckily this year it hasn’t yet come to that. Today it was even above sixty! Probably more near seventy. It was lovely. But it snowed last Thursday!
60's :barnie we are in the teens and 20's, and we are just getting started. You want a brutal winter come to Wisconsin. :)
 

NewYorkMama

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Why I like winter, let me count the ways....
Winter isn't even technically here yet. :) I wait until February before I start hating winter.

Thank you for a reasonable perspective. I know, it's not even actually here yet. Sigh. My boots were just SO muddy yet cold today and it's been snowing on/off for days (with no end in sight, of course!). But you're right... no bugs and frozen poo are real pluses! Takes me a while to get into a Winter groove.
 

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