Sun finally came out

So, the sun finally came out it was 9F (about -12C) but no wind. So I took a hike. I have been cooped up too long. The snow is at about 2 feet with drifts up to 4. It was closer to 20” in the woods. So hiking is a hard core workout and too difficult to be fun, but when it is this cold there is a trick. Animal paths build up ice. So once you find a good one you can more or less walk on snow without snow shoes. Set off and you are back up to your knees. Even a single animal path builds up a little ice and can make it easier going, and ruts work ok, but the good paths stick out because the snow blows off the top and drifts a little on the sides. The one I took was about a mile before it came to a gorge. Best part of following a trail is that if your hiking in the snow seeing the animal paths and tunnels is usually the most interesting thing. So tracking makes it both easier and more interesting. BTW do not go on a hike when it is this cold unless you are used to it and dressed for it (I wear neoprene chest waders). Tracking in winter is neat but not worth freezing to death over.

Sun came out. So I checked in on the chickens

Sun came out. So I checked in on the chickens. They were out for a little to see the sun, but it is still too cold. The fashion victim who does not want to pose for the camera is sporting a tail cover my wife made to keep the others from pecking at her.

They are actually laying well we are averaging 8 eggs a day out of 7 chickens. Seems a little strange for this time of year, but this is my first winter with them. My son has adopted the rabbit living under my deck and is “accidentally” spilling feed outside the coop each time he goes to feed the chickens. Good kid

How are you and yours faring up there?

Better today, it was just -3 the chill was -15 ish, but that is safe, more or less. Monday was -10 and the chill was -30. -30 is dangerous even if your used to the cold. I had to wear neoprene chest waders under my jacket and full face mask to clean out the driveway and the path up to the coop before work. Even with that I got nipped a little, it was just swelling no spots. We heat with a wood stove and the house is well insulated so we can keep it toasty inside. My wife homeschools the kids so they they can mostly stay home when it gets this cold. They went to the university for music lessons today and said it was mostly shut down. Spring can’t come soon enough. Nice of you to ask.