Well I’m not new to winter, but this winter is especially a difficult one. It took me 5 hours to dig out the donkeys and the chickens. Just to get to them was a feat! Yes chickens love snow! I have containers that I fill for them. An hour later they are empty. For them snow is like styrofoam they can’t stop attacking it.
Driving in winter slush is the pits. You really have to go slow! If you don’t and an oncoming car is a little in your lane, you will be in the ditch. Our roads have been solid ice for the last month and you just need to take your time. Better to arrive alive than not at all!
Just had a calf yesterday outside. 2 choices get the calf a coat or dig out our calf hutch. Tried digging out calf hutch. It’s under 4 feet of snow. Did that but bottom of hutch is incased in 1 foot of ice so that was a no go. It went to -18c last night. When I checked this morning the windchill was -26! So I went out as soon as the sun was up this morning to check if there was life in the field. Sure enough the jacket I had put on the little bull calf was a success and he was alive!
Yes I would love to have a Vancouver island winter! I could handle 2 weeks of snow! This is not fun anymore. Yes global warming, but could use a little more warmth here in winter. It seems like another start to an ice age in our neck of the woods. Of course our summers are the other extreme.