Thursday, December 3, 2009

chickenybabies first snow on the way

70 percent chance for friday snow

this is very exciting for a chicago transplant who thought she would never see the day!
and and and
it will prove to be chickenybabes first snow
truly special
i wonder...
will they need
eeny weeeny snow shoes
eeny weeeny galoshes?

the wee ones are now in the metal shed which is loaded with three heat lamps that will keep them cozy and warm. if we experience a power outage, i will head out and move the creatures back into a brooder pen located in the house.

most all of the garden is tucked in - that which needs it

other bits may prove to do just fine
i will be setting leaves and hay around the goods later today for a bit of protection

the bunnies were gifted with a good bit of hay for burrowing

the outside side of the north side of the crazy coop is protected by stacked and covered bails of hay along with an outdoor curtain cover to protect from blowing wind.

the inside of the north side of the coop is protected by canvas covers.
the area above the roost is also covered with thick canvas protection.
i hung two heat lamps for the cool 20˚ nights we are soon to experience - i do not want the girls to freeze their little combs off. they help prevent frostbite.

the canvas protection wraps around the interior coop with a special moving blanket hung in the south doorway. they have full protection from nasty blowing air and from wet which is most important. i have hay stacked on the east side but have left this side without cover to allow healthy ventilation.

this is the south side of the interior coop. you can see the hay stacked on the right - this is the east side of the coop. the moving blanket in the door is secured only at the top and partially down one side so that chicken keeper me can easily enter the space. it's nice and cozy in there now. the pale canvas allows for light to bleed through so it feels like a cool kid fort.

the run is not insulated. this gives the girls the opportunity for hunkering down or playing about.


zippy said...

i still think you live in the tropics. our high today was 8 F. the area opened last weekend with over 100 cm of packed base and more is on the way for us too.

enjoy your bout with winter and keep the chickies warm. love the vids, by the way

shellywoman said...

well hello there zippy it's been a short while. good to hear from you.

i guess, relatively, we do live in the tropics.

are you working the hills? training folk? or simply enjoying the seasonal white stuff out on your own?

zippy said...

i'm back on the hill part time teaching alpine and tele. i'm certified at level three which means i teach all ability levels and lead local instructor clinics. feels good to be back on the hill again in that capacity. adding a strong regular disciplined physical mix to counter the mental work. and teaching mixes the mental with physical, as you know.

question. where in chicago? i went to high school outside chicago at a school with a strong drama dept. large theatre. ann margaret alum. same place?