It has been a strange winter so far. It hasn't been as cold as it usually is in December.
It is colder than spring or fall so we have the water heaters in the buckets, and we put our coats and boots on when we go outside. But we don't have to dress quite as warmly as we usually do in December.
You asked very good questions last week. I'm sorry I didn't have time to answer them this week. I promise to answer them next week.
After I give you an update on the chicks, I'll show you how we keep the water from freezing overnight.
|Good morning, chicks! You can see how much they have grown this week. It's almost time to move them into a bigger brooder.|
|Since the chicks are in a brooder, it's easy to pick them up and let you see them.|
This is the chick that has a Ameraucana mother and Charlie, the Buff Cochin rooster for a father.
|Here is the Buff Cochin chick. Her mother is a Buff Cochin and Charlie, the Buff Cochin rooster is it's father.|
|The next two chicks look almost the same! They look like twins. They both have |
Charlie, the Buff Cochin rooster for a father and their mother is a Barred Rock.
|If you can tell some differences between this chick and the one in the picture above, you are very smart! The only difference I can see right now is that the chick in this picture has a few fluffy feathers behind it's neck.|
|Guess what? Three chickens didn't want to come out yet. Maybe they are afraid of the camera. Don't worry, they came out later and ate breakfast with the rest of the chickens.|
|Here are two barrels that have water for the cows (on the right) and the goats (on the left). They plug into an outlet on the post behind. You can't see the heater, it's covered in plastic at the bottom of the barrel.|
|The Twins and Miles get brushed every morning. They have their winter coats now. That means they have more hair to keep themselves warm when they are outside. It also means that they shed their hair in the house, too!|