Hmph. Never did get above freezing today. Middle of the afternoon the clouds blew off, which the solar panels and batteries liked, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it goes below zero tonight.
Glad I’m not in the trailer, sad I’m not in Mexico. At least the wind died down. And it’s supposed to be sunny all day tomorrow. Hopefully things will thaw enough that I can pry the horse apples off the ground, because that’s always a pain in the ass.
When the chickens finally came downstairs they spent the whole damn day pacing back and forth and complaining, like it was all my fault. Must have changed their water four times only to have it freeze into more ice blocks, and I finally took sufficient pity on them that I cooked up some rice and gave it to them hot. Well, warm. They seemed to approve. Maybe they think it’s termites.
They’re still laying eggs like the feathered little egg machines they are, though not as fast as in the summer. I can’t figure out what they’ve got against scratch, though. They eat their crumbles fine, and they dive onto whatever greens you give them. But actual birdseed they ignore. Which is odd, because when I first brought the sack home they hit the stuff like it was the last chopper out of Saigon. Now they won’t even look at it. Who can plumb the depths of a chicken’s mind?