Country Living, Family & Friends

Welcoming Winter

Here in southwest Idaho, autumn is rapidly transitioning into winter. Temperatures are dropping, frost has landed and the weather reports are declaring snow for Thanksgiving.

Gazing out our back window, I am curious to see how the chickens will respond to their second winter. I am reminded of our first snow last year when the hens refused to budge from their coop. They would gather at the door, desperately trying to bask in the warmth of the afternoon sun, but one peek at all the white on the ground kept them firmly planted in their cozy abode.

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Eventually, they braved the weather and would take turns sitting on top of the coop door or make a run for shelter near the house. We made paths for them through the snow, and this seemed to help them reach their destinations a little easier.

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Now that frosty mornings have arrived once again, they venture out of the coop much more slowly and huddle together for warmth and some serious conversation. They seem a tad perplexed and gather together at their feeder to question what is happening.

I’ve been trying to cheer them up a bit by giving them some of their favorite treats — oats mixed with ripened banana, pieces of appleΒ or bites of toast with jam. This does seem to perk them up, but I must remember to take winter precautions as well.

As I called the chicks from our back door yesterday morning, they came swiftly running in great anticipation of their favorite goodies. Our wooden porch looked perfectly fine, but as I stepped out, I immediately felt as if I was on an ice skating rink.

I’m sure you know those moments — when everything is quickly proceeding, but to you it feels like s l o w motion? Yes, I had one of those moments. I felt my right leg fly out from under me, and within seconds, I was sitting on the porch sidewaysΒ with my left leg bent up like a frog and my right leg stretched out into the cold, yes very cold, icy gravel. I, of course, startled the poor hens out of their wits, and they took off running for the nearest bush! I whimpered a bit, but with the door closed, the girls could neither hear nor see the pitiful plight of their mama.

This must be how gymnasts feel when falling on the high beam.

Slowly peeking up …

Oh, I hope the neighbors didn’t see that acrobatic display!

I finally managed to get (crawl) back up, and came inside to the warmth of the house, somewhat disheveled. Even though the official day of winter is December 21st, I’m pretty sure it’s made a swift landing, much like I did!

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  1. So much snow!! And sorry about your fall – I’ve definitely been there before! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks so much, Jasmine! Yes, we had quite a lot of snow last year! I’m wondering how much we’ll have this year, and I’m sure the chickens wonder what’s going on as well. πŸ˜‰ Oh, I wanted to tell you! I’m making your stuffing recipe for Thanksgiving! It sounds perfect! πŸ˜€

      1. Poor little chicks!! And I’m so glad!! I hope you like it, Anna! Happy Thanksgiving πŸ™‚

        1. I’m sure we’ll love it! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well! πŸ™‚

  2. I love the pictures and the last one of the chicken is adorable! I hope you were not hurt dear Anna! Take care! πŸ™‚ lovely and frosty post!

    1. Thank you, dear Lynn! I wasn’t hurt — mostly had the air knocked out of me … lol. I think I really startled the chickens, though! Hugs! πŸ™‚

      1. you poor dear!! Take care and no more falling! the chickens are so cute! I love their house!

        1. Aww, thank you so much, sweet Lynn! I’m so thankful for you, and I hope you and your family will have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! Love and hugs!! πŸ˜€

          1. thanks dear! love and hugs back!!

  3. I love your chicken stories. They are your little feather babies. I am so glad that you weren’t seriously hurt! We have ice coming on Thursday. (Sad face inserted here)

    1. Thank you, Julie! Our youngest (Geneva) says that we are the chickens second, third and fourth mamas! πŸ˜‰ I agree, the ice is not fun … I don’t like driving in that kind of weather! πŸ™

      1. My kids say that I treat my dog much better than them. Wah. I don’t like driving in ice either. I’m staying put today! Enjoy your day.

  4. Shame Anna, I am sorry about your fall. Glad you weren’t hurt. I can just imagine the poor chickens must have got such a fright. Love your pics….Take care, and no more falling πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much, dear Lynne! πŸ™‚

  5. Your chicken are gorgeous!! Love the feathers! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much, Virginia! πŸ™‚ They are so sweet … I never knew how much fun it would be having hens! πŸ™‚

  6. Wow! So much snow! Hope you are better Anna πŸ™‚ Happy thanksgiving to you and your family πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much, Freda! πŸ™‚ Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well!

  7. I love reading about your hens Anna! It reminds me of when we had ours πŸ™‚ Lovely girls! I can’t believe the amount of snow you had last year! We hardly ever get snow like that! We are lucky to have a sprinkling on the ground – it just looks like someone’s sprinkled salt on the floor! I am hoping for a little more this year! x

    1. Thank you so much, dear Claire! We enjoy the chickens so much — they are so sweet! Yes, we had quite a lot of snow last year! The chickens weren’t too sure about all that snow — one day I carried them all to the shelter near our house so they could move around. πŸ˜‰ The girls are really excited for snow and have been looking out the window at the few snowflakes we had today. πŸ˜‰

  8. Oh wow, I am so jealous of your snowflakes! We have had rain ALL day again and very blustery winds. I will look forward to more winter pictures this year πŸ™‚

    1. I’ll be sure to post more winter pictures! πŸ™‚ We hope to visit the mountains soon, and they are getting quite a lot of snow! Much more than we do.

      1. Please do! I will get my winter snow from you instead! πŸ™‚

        1. Ok! Happy to share! πŸ™‚

  9. Awww hope you’re ok Anna! I haven’t been checking in much on WordPress but lovely to check back in and see wonderful winter pics! BecX

    1. So wonderful to hear from you, Bec! πŸ™‚ I’ve missed you! I’m doing well, lol … being much more careful on porches now! Our weather has actually warmed some, and now we’re getting a lot of rain which we really need. πŸ™‚ Hope you’ll check back in soon! Big hugs and a very Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family!

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