We got the winter storm they were predicting. It's hard to tell how much snow we've gotten because it is fine, powdery stuff that is blowing all over the place in the 25 mph winds. I saw one estimate that we got about 5 inches. And it's still snowing... and COLD!
What a change. We went from near record highs in the lower 50's yesterday to a high of 15 today. Man, I'm not acclimated to this kind of weather. But, you know, the walk from the hospital to downtown to catch my bus this afternoon was almost pleasant. Oh, it was 14 and snowing and blowing and slippery to walk but invigorating at the same time. Finally, it seems like winter.
Sadly, V emailed me at work that we've got trouble with the chicken coop. It seems that with the fine, blowing snow we've had snow blowing in through the roof vents and onto part of the roost. NOT good. He shoved crumpled up plastic bags up into the vent holes over the roost as a temporary fix but I'm worried. He wants to plastic over the outside of three of the vents (we've got 4 roof vents (you know, the kind that are supposed to NOT have snow or rain blow into them) for the rest of the winter but I'm concerned that it won't be enough ventilation to let out moisture- especially now that we've not only got chicken moisture but will have melted snow as well. My thought was to wrap a few bits of my floating row covers over the vents and weight it down with bricks. I figure that it should be enough to stop the snow blowing in but still allow ventilation.
It's supposed to be warm again on Monday (back into the 40's but with rain). Maybe I'll see if I can get rid of some of the most wet bedding- or maybe just add in extra fresh stuff. It was pretty dark today when I got out there but it didn't look like that much snow. But still, 8 eggs today. What troopers.
And V didn't even try to let the hens out today. It was just too nasty. I know I wouldn't have wanted to be out today.