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Adrift in a Blizzard

December 11, 2010

Sometimes taking care of chickens is hard. Like today. We’re in the middle of a blizzard. This is the view as I stepped out back this afternoon: waist high drifts on the way to the coop.


The snow has been falling since midnight last night. We’ve already got 18-inches on the ground with more on the way.

Everything in town has been called off, the airport’s closed, buses aren’t running and Christmas concerts and plays are canceled. But chickens need care no matter how much snow we get, so out I trudge. I’ll be back out later in the evening to bring them lots of cracked corn and scratch feed. The corn and goodies in the scratch digest slower in their tummies keeping them warm through the night. Kind of like covering them with an extra blanket. With the wind howling and temperatures plummeting to below zero tonight, keeping them warm and protected is crucial.

We plan to warm up our own tummies tonight with my family’s special holiday drink: Tom and Jerry’s. My grandfather’s neighborhood bar was known for this drink and customers came from miles around to warm themselves up during the cold holiday season. Keep warm everyone and cheers to all!