Chicken Snow Day

We keep two flocks of chickens.  One, our oldest flock, free ranges wherever they like.

The other flock is a group of Dominickers (Dominiques) that we started last year.  They roam within an area defined by poultry net fencing, which we move around to give the chickens access to gardens between crops.  The chickens (in theory at least) fertilize the area, till the soil a bit, and eat the larvae of any pests lying in wait under the soil.  I’m interested to see how the gardens respond post-chicken.

But none of that good stuff was happening yesterday.  While we were being pelted with snow and sleet, the Dominickers wisely stayed in their coop.

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9 comments on “Chicken Snow Day

  1. nebraskadave says:

    Bill, we missed the last couple snows here. It still hasn’t really warmed up but the temps are a bit more tolerable being in the 30s now during the day. Next week brings a promise of some 50s and 60s. That’s great because I have to get my raised beds ready to plant by the end of march. I really need to move my onions and cabbages outside so I can start my warm weather crops of tomatoes, green peppers and eggplants.

    Next week is spring break for the public school. My grandson will be home all week so I’m hoping the weather is warm for him to play outside. His disappointment is that although he is home all the neighborhood kids that would normally be home as well have working parents so the kids are at grandma’s house during the day which is not in the neighborhood and leaves him without any one to play with until evening. It’s the best of times (no school), it’s the worst of times (no one to play with).

    Have a great chicken snow day.

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    • Bill says:

      Hoping you (and your grandson) have great weather! It was in the mid-60s here yesterday and the snow is almost all gone (blizzard one morning/mid-60s the next). I’m in the same boat as you. We need to get our cool weather starts out and our hot weather starts going. I seeded some tomatoes and eggplant yesterday and will probably move the cabbage and collards out to cold frames today.

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  2. Bob Braxton says:

    naming yours Mount Everet Koop

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    • Bill says:

      Like our house that coop sits atop a hill with no windbreak. Makes for great views (not that the chickens care) but it can get really cold. Our other coop is sheltered.

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  3. shoreacres says:

    Clearly, they were too chicken to come out. (Or too smart – not meaning to demean your chickens!)

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  4. df says:

    I have never heard of Dominickers before; clearly, they have some sense though! The watering trough would have been a true disappointment had they been foolish enough to head out. 🙂

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    • Bill says:

      Dominickers (as they were known around here, the proper name is Dominique) were once the most popular breed of farm chickens. But they don’t work in the industrial model so they almost went extinct. We’re keeping them separate in part because I’d like to hatch some. That snow lasted a day. It was in the 60s the next day and will be in the 70s today!

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      • Bob Braxton says:

        paternal grandfather Robert Pearl Braxton (Snow Camp, NC) 1887 – 1979 had this kind of chickens in my childhood (late 1940’s and early 1950’s). He also had a turkey house – until a local 1947 tornado took it away, leaving just the cement / concrete footings just beyond the lawn and the shade maples. The original house burned and was re-built in 1925 – before my time (born 1944).

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