Tuesday, November 04, 2014


Leaves are falling constantly.  Sometimes they fall one by one, sometimes they fall in a papery shower.  At least half are down now, which means I can begin to see the mountain a mile or so to my west again.  The mountain is not completely revealed, but I don’t need to know where it is to see it anymore.
Wind and cold temperatures from a nor’easter are gone now, so the mountain has returned to more seasonal levels.  I was forced to use my fireplace when the wind was blowing. My cabin stays warm enough with a little help from sunlight, but the wind stripped away any of the day’s heat.  Even so, the cats cuddle on my bed like another blanket—warmer than most of the real blankets currently covering my bed. 
The chickens don’t seem to mind the current weather, but the shortened hours of daylight brings ever fewer eggs for me. I’ve already had to stop selling the eggs, as I’ve dropped from 3 dozen a week to no more than a dozen now.  I hope I will get enough over the winter to keep me in eggs, but sometimes the girls stop laying all together.  That’s especially true if the winter is a gloomy one.  It will likely be late February or even March before egg production resumes on anything like a normal level again. My hens are now more than 2 years old, too, and even in spring their production will likely be less.  Doodle, my rooster, is probably going to be 5 years old, and I’m guessing it won’t be too long before I will need another rooster.  He’s very protective and more than earns his keep.


Phyllis Oller said...

I`ve somehow lost you on my following on my blog.I am interested in getting chickens,guess I`ll wait till spring now,I wonder if you have trouble with hawks or foxes? phyllis

Sharkbytes said...

We don't use very many eggs. Maybe a couple a week. Hope you get what you need from your chickies!

Carolyn H said...

Phyllis: I did lose a chicken a few years ago to a fox, but I have had more trouble with raccoons than anything. The coop I have now is much sturdier so nighttime raids have been (knock on wood)a thing of the past for a year or so. I have not had trouble with hawks. My chickens can hide under the cabin, which is raised 2-6 feet above the ground, which probably helps. And they are pretty big even for a Cooper's Hawk. My rooster warns of nearby hawks (and vultures), too, which always sends the girls scurrying under bushes.

My neighbor down at the bottom of the hill has had trouble with hawks, but he's not in the forest, so redtailed hawks can swoop down easily when his chickens are out.

Carolyn H said...

Joan: I eat a lot more eggs than I did before I got chickens!

Terry and Linda said...

I just spent hours raking...I'm ready for spring now...