BBrrrr it’s been cold this week! -15°C this morning around 8 o’clock when we had to go out in the car. Hens are all fluffed up and I keep having to replace drinking water because it freezes into a solid block in just hours. And I’ve given up with their water fountain for the moment, just using a large plastic “trough” where it’s easier to empty the frozen block out, and pour luke warm water.
Here they all are, lining up for a drink lol.
The cold doesn’t seem to have put the young gals off their laying, but the two older gals aren’t quite as productive. I suspect it’s more age-related than because of the freezing temperatures. Miranda laid 5 eggs this month, Miss Moneypenny 18 . . . whereas the two young gals: Miss Plumpton and Mauricette were neck & neck with 26 eggs each. That makes a total of 75. Needless to say, neighbours have been enjoying our fresh eggs this month, since that’s way too many for just my husband and myself.
And a recent photo of Gibbs, who doesn’t seem to mind the cold either. Hardly surprising with that thick glossy black coat. Here he is, now 18 months old and looking very handsome in his unique collar, made by Lynn. I actually commissioned this for Gibb’s Christmas present. Being a Flat-coated Retriever we like his collar to be nice & roomy so it doesn’t flatten down his lovely coat. Lynn makes and sells some gorgeous dog collars and bandanas with 50% of the proceeds donated to a home for retired dog. Just click here and it will take you to her shop.
A close-up of the design on Gibb’s collar (hope Lynn doesn’t mind me using her photo). I’ve water-marked it with the name of her etsy shop: ouafouaf.