How could you heat the run?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Imp, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    So today it was a bit atypical in Seattle. We are getting a winter storm. Snowing, pelleting and breezy all day. Winds are supposed to pick up tonight.
    I decide I gotta fill up the bird feeders, squirrel feeder, suet feeders and hummingbird feeder. I head out back and as I get close to the coop I see a lump in the run. Oh no I think. I've lost a chicken. But wait I it's black and I don't have any black chickens. I get a little closer and see 2 eyes nervously watching me. The feral tom cat has dug a hole in the run and snuggled down into the bedding.
    So what's an imp to do. Run for the camera of course. Unfortunately he was gone when I got back. So I return to my chores.
    A few years ago I got guilted into leaving the garden shed door open for the ferals to get out of the weather.
    I walk into the shed to start filling feeders and see the old cat blanket in the corner is balled up. I reach over to straighten it up and feel something alive rolled up in the blanket. I don't know who jumped higher- me or the other feral cat. [​IMG]
    Eventually everything got fed.

    Imp-gotta start carrying the camera with me. [​IMG]
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I have two outside barn coop cats. One sleeps inside the main henhouse in one of the nesting boxes. The other tom sleeps in the breeder coop section with the bantam BLRWs, the other day I opened the bantams door and one of the little pullets was sitting on top the old tomcat. Never a camera when you need one!!! I said the same thing about keeping the camera with me!!
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    You're a sweetheart, Impie.. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Awww poor baby. He obviously wants to go in the house with you and sleep all warm and snuggly on your bed.
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Ah! Thank you. I do have a soft spot for the cats.

    The little feral female (Cleo) did spend one winter inside, after I trapped her and had her spayed. It was not a pleasant experience for her, me or the other cats. (I could start one of the more disgusting threads with stories)
    Her friend (Zulu khan) is friendly, but likes to spray in the house. He's mostly forbidden inside.
    And the New Tom (Notches) is just starting to get over absolute terror at the sight of me.

    If any of them could they would be welcomed to come in and sleep with:

    & Mini
  6. Slinkytoys

    Slinkytoys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2009
    Black Forest
    Cameras are usually forgotten. Carry your cell phone with you instead (if it has a camera option). I've taken more impromptu photos with it than with my real camera. Oh Impy, why not put a heating pad out in the shed bed for your kitties since you won't let them in your house, if no electricity use one of those rice/hulls/pits bags after it's microwaved. Nice and cosy! See you can spoil those ferals even more [​IMG]
    Slinky (a cat lover as well)
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2010
  7. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Hmmm, Slinky you are giving me ideas. [​IMG]

    Actually it's not that cold here. It is Seattle afterall.

    Although the old cat blanket was an electric blanket in a previous life.

    Imp- and I do have a backup heater for the coop.
  8. Slinkytoys

    Slinkytoys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2009
    Black Forest
    That's what I'm here for, always happy to oblige. If I'm gonna get in trouble, I'm always happy to have a cohort in crime.
    Ummmm, you could also get a heated water bowl for the kitties. Just thinkin' [​IMG]

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