I hate this time of year, not talking about the holidays

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Steve_of_sandspoultry, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. It gets dark at 4:58 - I get home from work at 4:10 with 16 pens of birds to feed and water. Gather eggs, toss out corn takes until the sun goes down, feed and water is done just before pitch dark. That's not soooooo bad, you get used to feed/water run. Now old man winter has moved in here in the east so tack on about 30 - 40 minutes in the early morning chipping ice and getting the water going at 19 degrees tomorrow morning. It doesn't get that cold here that often to change our set up so we just do it the hard way when needed.

    Is it spring yet????????

  2. Up-the-Creek

    Up-the-Creek Songster

    May 16, 2008
    West Virginia
    Thats the price you have to pay to have critters,...sux don't it???
  3. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    I agree with you! Pain in the butt doing chores but glad I only have one set of chicken coop to deal with. No other animals outside.
  4. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    Awful, isnt it? Dont you hate these short days, long nights? Thats exactly why I moved to Florida, so I could enjoy my critters year round, instead of enjoying them for 8 months and dreading them the other 4. However, last year, and now this year, its so cold now I feel like I didnt move south enough.

  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Steve, it gets worse. I'm a few years older than you, retired and I hate this time of year more every year. I hate the wind! I hate the cold! I hate the snow! My back, fingers, feet, neck, oh Heck everything hurts. Is it Spring yet?[​IMG] edited to add: See that Raleigh, NC has had snow already. Here in NJ we are waiting for our first storm. Maybe it will stay South again this year like last.[​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2010
  6. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    I agree. Right now it's just good light as I'm leaving the house and it's just getting dark as I get home so no matter what the morning and evening chores have to be done in the dark. I really don't like trying to move tractors in the dark so now I'm having to do this in the mornings before I go to work when it's just getting light enough to see. Eggs we gather by flashlight in the evenings. If it froze hard in the night I have to thaw waterers in additions to everything else. It's been windy and in the twenties so the birds in the hospital cage have to be put into the big pet taxi where they can stay warmer and the same for the Kinger Major's new Silkie by himself in another wire cage. The waterer in the brooder box froze this morning but the chicks were under the hover and were OK.

    This time of year I call them the "dark to dark chores." At least I sold off everything that was in the growout tractors so that's two less than I usually have to deal with.
  7. HarlansHollowFarms

    HarlansHollowFarms bana-bhuidseach anns gára

    Jan 16, 2009
    And the bright side is.......in less then 2 weeks the days will start getting longer!!!! [​IMG]
  8. Orchid

    Orchid Songster

    May 10, 2010
    North Central MN
    Quote:I've had a countdown going for that since the middle of October!

    I do all my chores, morning and night, in the dark. Except on the weekends. I wear a headlamp and I do have lights in the coop and the horse shed, but it still stinks. I am also sick to death of putting on big boots, arctic Carhartts, hats with ear flaps and mittens to do chores...and it's only December. [​IMG] I'monna be a big fat grump by April!
  9. rcentner

    rcentner Songster

    Sep 6, 2009
    Le Roy, NY
    isn't it great? nothing like dealing with snow and frozen water in the dark before going to work. Dec 21st can't come soon enough.
    am I the only crazy one who shovels snow out of the run ( is what I ponder every morning lately)
  10. HarlansHollowFarms

    HarlansHollowFarms bana-bhuidseach anns gára

    Jan 16, 2009
    Quote:I don't know about that, I do not shovel the run....my flock pretty much stays inside all winter.

    No frozen water here...the best buy was the heated water base form TSC.....life saver...! [​IMG]

    [​IMG] I do shovel to get in to the run and coop tho! [​IMG]

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