The deep freeze continues here on Roundtop Mtn., though this is to be the last really cold day for a while. Yesterday the temperature never reached double digits. I’ll be glad when I don’t have to pour hot water over the chicken pen door in order to get it open in the mornings.
The chickens don’t seem too happy during this weather, despite a deep pile of straw in their coop. They barely come out of it long enough to eat and drink. Their water is frozen by the time I get home in the evenings. By then, it is late enough that they would be on the roost for the night even without the cold weather. In another few weeks, it should be light enough in the evenings for me to be able to give them fresh water in the evenings before their bed time, so even if the water freezes during the day, they will have a drink before their roost.
This January is shaping up as one of the coldest on record for this area. It’s not the coldest on record, but it will likely be in the top ten. So far the average temperature for the month is a good seven degrees below average. I like winter, but I prefer an average one to one this constantly cold.