Sunday, October 04, 2009

Catching The Rays

The feed is inside the coop because of the rain last night and these hens are having their late afternoon snack. The middle nest box is open because I hoped that the broody hen would come down for some corn, but she didn't. I leave the outside door, next to Morgan, open wide so the sun can shine into the coop during the day and warm up the wood, so the coop stays fairly warm at night. I was tricking the hens into coming inside by throwing some corn on the floor. Didn't work too well. Only a few hens came after the corn, the rest stayed outside in the sunshine roosting on the old horse feeder. I think Morgan wants some corn.
Fire! Warmth! The rain was rather sparse, but enough so that Tom fired up the wood stove and warmed up the cold house. I'm glad to have the wood fire back and I'm looking forward to some meals made on it in my dutch ovens. Stew. I'm thinking beef stew. Biscuits? Cornbread?
See, looking at this photo you would never know it rained last night. The ground is so dry it just slurped up the water and it dried out again during the day. Even the leaves don't look like they were ever wet. Tahoe got snow last night. That's good for business.
Here's those girls who wouldn't come in the coop. I finally gave up and came back after it was almost dark and even then there were two hens who ran back outside. Silly girls. They had cantaloupe and lettuce for treats today.

Kitchen update: I couldn't do as much as I wanted today because I had to be quiet because people were watching football. But I got some more done on the end of the counter, so I would say that I'm 90% done there. I hope to get it finished tomorrow.

[7 eggs today]


diane said...

The girls are smart basking in the sun.

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

I'm looking forward to the day when I can gather more than ONE egg a day! :)

lisa said...

I love dutch oven cooking and next year I will have my fire pit out by my pond so I will be cooking on it most of the year if weather permits! I love doing it over a coal fire outside or wood!

Becky's Barnyard said...

There is nothing like basking in the sun on a cool day or back up to a fire on a cool night. The fire does look toasty.

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Oh stew on the fire sounds so yummy. Mom did hers in the oven yesterday... It wasn't that cold but the stew was really yummy..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie