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When it’s winter out here in the country, I am just mesmerized by the peace and the beauty of the snow. It just never gets old for me. Maybe it’s because I grew up down South and didn’t see snow until I was a teenager. So on this day, I grabbed my camera and decided to document the day in photos. Come join me for my winter chores on the farm!
Cold weather means more baking inside, and today we’re making Belgium waffles. We’re lucky to have a few precious eggs to use, as the hens aren’t laying much in the winter. We do not use artificial lights on our hens to stimulate laying.
Hungry family members are waiting anxiously to gobble up the golden waffles and syrup!
Animals still need to be cared for in the winter, and so I head out back to feed and water. The orchard is quiet and leafless. I’m always anxious about the upcoming season of fruit!
Frozen water is every farmer’s battle in the winter, but we’ve done well with these chicken water heaters. We ran electric to each coop so that we could avoid extension cords, which tend to make these expensive heaters burn up prematurely. I haven’t found a sustainable way to keep water unfrozen for the chickens….yet.
While I think the hives look adorable with snow on top of them, I must admit that I’m a nervous bee-mama all winter long. What are they doing in there? Are they ok?
I do open the hives up on those sunny days when there’s no wind and it’s above 40 degrees, just to check that they have enough food. I sure miss them!
The miniature donkeys are such hearty creatures, and they happily devour fresh hay this morning!
It has been so bitter cold here that even some of the roosters are staying inside the coop! Below them are several hens, so I bring food to them. Room service!
Normally unattractive things like stubs of corn and weeds become beautiful with powdered snow on them. A once productive and active field sleeps and rests until the Spring comes.
Our creek still flows under a blanket of snow and ice.
Finally, I longingly gaze at my wild black raspberry patch which is unrecognizable to anyone unfamiliar with the property. I love that little hidden corner that is such a foragers delight!
Thanks for coming along with me to do my morning chores!