Friday, November 21, 2008

Bird is the Word Today

So the snow is flying for the second time this week in Northeast Ohio! Last night when I did my late night barn check at 9:00, it was like a mini-blizzard so this morning there was about 4 inches on the ground and my morning commute was just under an hour & 15 minutes. I stopped at the feed store on the way home to get shavings for the horse stalls & an extra bag of sheep feed & got a gallon of milk at the corner store because this weekend is the first Saturday in 4 weeks that I do not have to go to a Teaching American History class and I am not leaving the house till Monday morning!! And next week I only have school for 2 days!!!!

When I got home I decided to take a few photos of the snowy afternoon to share with those of you who have not been "blessed" with snow yet:)

I am a confessed birdfeeder. I feed thistle, black-oil sunflower, safflower (only if its on sale of course), and a typcial bird feed mix; oh and I forgot the suet feeders too. Actually, I have cut back on the black-oil sunflower because it has gotten a tad expensive in recent months.

I enjoy having the birds in the yard during all seasons but in the winter it seems to renew my faith that warmer months are yet to come.

I put this birdhouse up the first summer I was my house......that was 16 years ago.

Each summer I remove the roof to clean it out for the new residents.

Hey, and what about these birds in the chicken coop? Are we getting any special food this winter? How about a new heated water feeder?
Well, girls all I can say is that times are lean, you are eating Purina chicken feed, and Christmas is next month. I will let Santa know what you want when I write him my Christmas letter. Until then I promise to still feed all the birds, including you, some extra treats especially when it gets super snowy and cold:)
For any of you who are chicken people and reading this, do you have any recommendations for winter bedding for the chickens? Pine shavings? Straw? This is my first winter with chickens and I want the girls to be comfortable and still lay a few eggs:)


Tracey said...

The snow is so pretty! I can say that cause I am here in Fla....LOL!!
The picture of the birdhouse with snow on it is cute, and so is Miss Chicken!
Have a GREAT weekend enjoying your home!!

thecrazysheeplady said...

I hang a red bulb heat lamp in our chicken coop all winter - only turn it on at night - and it keeps the worst of the chill off and our chicken lay pretty steady all winter.

melanie said...

I second the red bulb - and we use pine shavings with straw in the laying boxes...

Next year plant sunflowers and you can harvest the flowerheads the save them for the winter and hang them out as needed...much cheaper!

Pat in east TN said...

We had 1 1/2" of snow here in the mountains of east TN yesterday. The high was 29 and it was windy with a wind chill of 16! It wasn't the best of days!!

Your pics are always neat to see, whatever the weather.

kristi said...

This morning the birds were all over the feeders, of course the temps were in the low 20's too!! It so nice not to have to drive somewhere!! I might not even walk the 800 ft to my mailox:)

Mrs. Sheeplady,
a redlight it shall be...thanks!

I always have sunflowers come up in the manure pile & I just let the birds feast on them...perhaps I shall plant a sunflower garden this spring:)

glad to hear your sharing the winter stuff too! It was really cold this morning....goats are all fluffy this morning!!

Tammy said...

I'm glad to hear someone else has that 'before bed barn check''s routine here, but I wondered if others did that. It's sometimes the most beautiful time of the 'day' but can be awfully cold too. But I sleep better knowing that the critters were okay. I second the raising sunflowers for the birds. You can clip the heads off (leaving about a 12 inch stem) and store them away from the birds, then tie/wire them to a fence or tree as needed and the birds self feed off them. Millet also works--I cut it and put it into shocks along the fence and the birds will feed off it all winter (and it self seeds each year). I do confess that I buy sunflower seeds for them too....They are a great source of entertainment. Tammy

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

I use shavings in on the henhouse floor and in the nesting boxes. Speaking of, time to clean out the henhouse.....