Welcome to Lindsey’s first winter!
My wife has lived in south Texas her whole life, so we’re calling this her first winter.
The recent storm that ripped across the midwest dropped 6.5 inches of snow on our ranch over the last 24 hours. The snow fell slowly as large soft flakes, then ramped up to heavy sheets of tiny flakes, and then settled into a fairly consistent flurry pattern. The ranch really looks lovely from the ridge while blanketed with snow.
The goats and poultry have definitely changed activity patterns! There’s a lot less roaming around and a lot more hunkering down under the shelter or in the coops. Our Great Pyrenees guardian dogs absolutely love the snow… I think they feel camouflaged so they can sneak up on the coyotes.
The chickens pretty much stayed in the coop today rather than scratching around for food, but on the plus side one of the chickens decided that today is the day to lay our first egg! Lindsey found it in the milkcrate nest boxes we’ve got fixed to the wall in the poultry house. We collected it and took it inside where I fried it up. Lindsey and I shared it and I can report that it’s MUCH better than store-bought eggs, even though we buy the cage-free organic eggs from the store. This egg (even though there hasn’t been green grass for weeks) had a yolk that was brilliant orange in color. Amazing!
We’ve enjoyed a little romping of our own in the snow. I wish my insides felt better from the surgery because it’s perfect sledding weather and we’ve got half of our ranch covered in large hills!