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Thursday, January 5, 2017 12:03
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It’s been clear and bitterly cold the last couple of days.

This morning it dropped to -8F.


The rising sun made shafts of light through the woods…

…and shone gold on the silvery-blue snow.

I tried to photograph the frost on this little boy’s whiskers, but he kept moving and my camera was sluggish with the cold and wouldn’t focus.

It’s important to feed cows abundantly during extreme cold. Digestion is a significant factor in keeping ruminants warm.

On such clear, cold days, the livestock bask sideways to the sun, absorbing what heat they can. This is actually surprisingly effective.

Needless to say, the chicken waterers were frozen solid. I took them in the house, ran them under hot water until they were de-iced, and filled them with lukewarm water. We’ll repeat this at least twice more during the day.

We recently got one heated chicken waterer. Just one. Why one? Because the rest were sold out.

The chickens do surprisingly well in these temps (there’s no heat in their coop). We keep hay on the floor of their coop to keep their tootsies warm. Tough little birdies.

There were four eggs in the coop, frozen solid.

Frozen eggs burst their shells, sometimes with weird freaky results.

The one advantage of such clear, cold days is sunset can be pretty…

…and dusk can be glorious.

If we just hang in there, we’re supposed to get above freezing by Sunday. Go figure.


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