Wednesday, November 24, 2010

First snows always melt fast.

That's the way it's always been. Mother Nature is breaking tradition this year.

Five days since this snowfall and the snow has been falling or blowing steadily since then and looks like it will be here at *least* another week, if not more.

The goats are in their hutch, the calves are in their straw bale house, the chickens are in their coop - and they're not coming out.

It seems nearly the entire state of Idaho was shut down yesterday. The wind and snow was so bad that there was a burrowing owl hunkered down in my daughter's bedroom window.

He was curious about us first.
Then he got scared and mad and started hissing.

So I backed out of the room and shut the door to keep him comfortable. Strange to see a burrowing owl up close like that.

More snow fun pictures on my other blog.


Farmgirl_dk: said...

Oooh, I was hoping you'd get photos of that owl. Isn't he (she?) a beauty? wow. Awfully kind of you to shut an entire room down to keep that little guy happy. :-)
So the burning question on my mind right now is: just how low can chickens go? Meaning, what is the lowest temps chickens can get down to with no supplemental heat? Have you added heat to your coop? How low have your temps gone this season?
I finally put a heat lamp in my coop last night because it was going to get down to 14 degrees and that just felt a bit too cold to me for them. But they are, and have been, incredibly hearty I'm still wondering if what I did was necessary.
What a winter wonderland at your place. We're frozen solid here with about an inch and a half of snow.

the Goodwife said...

Wow! That is the coolest thing, even though I feel for the little owl! Hope you are all snugged in tight as well and Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Sarah said...

Wow, Danni - is it hard to get out of your place right now? It must be beautiful!

I don't know how low chickens can go - I've always had them in a wooden building in the winter with lots of straw and no drafts and they've done well - no frostbite or anything. They are hardy little things for sure. Last night was *so* cold that I went out to check on them and they were either nestled in the straw or sitting on the roost, totally content.

We have two heat lamps available, but more than twenty birds, so I'm only using them if it's absolutely necessary since I'm more worried about that many birds trying to fit under two lamps and suffocating each other.

Mama Whimsy said...

My four year old was looking at these pictures with me and wants to come play in the snow "with those friends." (She calls any little kid a friend). We surprisingly haven't gotten any accumulation in NE OH yet this year.

Jess said...

Oh my! That owl is magnificent! What a neat experience to have it share a bit of space with you.

Winter arrived here all at once too.

Cindy's Custom Creations said...

That owl looks so curious about what is going on inside your house. Very cool pics.

Orkneyflowers said...

WOW - what wonderful pictures - I've been reading for a bit - and loving the blog - we've 40mph winds here alot too - I'm just about to move my hens inside due to rain more than snow - we get alot of rain here in the winter as it doesn't get too cold to give us much snow - being an island it thaws fast if we get any - hardly ever get a frost either - but man do they get wet and then blown about in the wind like crazy - so I'm putting mine in a shed.

Wonderful owl pics thank you!

chook said...

that's really special. you're lucky to have such a distinguished visitor peering into your house!

Danielle said...

This is amazing!~ God is so good to give us these cool experiences in life. Thank you so much for sharing yours with us! P.S. I'm a commenting queen today!