Thursday, December 27, 2012

Ah Christmas, Winter and all that ...stuff

I've got 6 geese, 4 ducks and 11 chickens wondering what the heck this white stuff on the ground is.  I mean, it tastes like water, but doesn't work like water.  Snow and cold makes working with animals and outside just that much harder.  The power is out in the garage, probably due to the high winds during that last snowstorm. But that's something that won't be looked at until spring.

Oh and my car is dead. I mean dead/dead, not even mostly dead. Dead/dead.  It will need a new battery.

Our lone girl goosie, Sissy is laying eggs.  We're so proud!

For that continuing education on Geese and such: Girl Goosies lay one egg about every other day in a nest they create by themselves.  Sissy started on one near the house under the hedge during the snowstorm. I took a chance and moved the egg plus some of the nest material into the garage next to their pen. I had a 60% chance she'd reject the nest, but she accepted it! I think that is because she saw the chickens nest there earlier in the year and produce many chicks.

She'll lay more eggs-one every other day-until there's about 20 in that nest. Then she'll become what they call, 'broody'. Broody gals sit on their nest in a trance-like state for about 3 weeks only leaving to eat, drink and poop. It happens with most birds. We had a chicken go broody last fall for no other reason than she thought it was cool.

Sissy is the goose laying down.  She's surrounded by her posse: Ginny on the left, Ron in back and Sweet Pea on the front.  Ginny and Sweet Pea were supposed to be gals, but they are boys.

And after 3 weeks of brooding, there should be little babies. I wish Sissy would have picked a later date to start laying, maybe in mid January, but who knows.  Maybe she knows it will be a short winter and everything will be OK.

The ducks could care less about the snow. They wander around in it then go back to the coop for food and water.  We have heated dishes to keep fresh water for them.  The chickens? Eh, they mostly stay in the coop.

Christmas has come and gone.  It was a quiet family affair here. The real fun is this weekend when all gather to our place for a delayed Christmas. We are lucky to have our nephew Eddie here up from Texas.  He's in the Air Force and will be here with his Dad, Grandma and Grandpa. With luck I can get a Skype call to his Sister in Ramstein for a nice visit. That is one of the perks with staying here instead of going up north, Wi Fi.

Dave shared his cold with me, so I've been taking it as easy as I can for a few days.  It's trying to settle into my asthmatic lungs and nest, but I don't think so. I've been running the humidifier and taking decongestants like they're skittles. So far, so good.

I'll be much happier when there's no snow on the ground, when that huge block of ice I dumped out of the kiddie pool is melted and I can see green again.  Right now I am grateful that the days are getting longer and the animals can have more time outside.

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