Another snowstorm….and it’s officially Spring

Well, we were expecting a little snow, but this is just too much.  It started snowing yesterday, Saturday, evening and has been constant since then with wind speeds up to 35 mph.  We are really stunned to see this.  This is the 3rd major snow for us this winter, and it is highly unusual to get any snowfall during a winter.   We are northeast of Dallas.  The El Nino phenomenon has kicked in big time. 

I got everyone tucked in  Friday  night.  The alpacas got plenty of hay; the chickens got their feeders filled and water topped off.  I cleaned up the barn and everyone had clean places to lounge.  The wind has been straight out of the west and right into the barn and out the other east doors.  We left the roll up doors open in case they wanted to go out, but so far they have not.  They all have a coating of snow on them but are warm enough cushing in the barn.

The chickens filed out of the coops when their little door was opened and milled around.  They don’t mind the weather, and the barn is a space they like to hang out in and they are protected there.

We just stayed in the house and watched it snow.  Monday it is supposed to be in the 60’s so this will all melt soon enough, but we will be back into the wet and mucky ground once again.  More rain is expected this week.  We can’t seem to dry out more than two days before we have more wet weather.

We just were not expecting all this white; it’s about 3 inches on the ground and we are supposed to get another 3 or more today.  Unbelievable North Texas weather.

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A New Year with alpacas and chickens in Texas

I just went out at 11:30 p.m. and closed up the chickens for the night. A little later than I should, but it’s been cold and rainy and hard to get motivated to go out.  But I saw a skunk scurry across my path and probably was looking for a chicken dinner so I may have scared him off. 

It was clear and  glowing outside.  The moon is full and almost like day.  I really didn’t need the flashlight except to scan around inside the coops to make sure all was well.  I threw some extra hay to the alpacas and wished them all a Happy New Year.  Fireworks are exploding in the distance and a bright new year is ready for us to enter.

GOTexan Holiday gifts, wines, food, recipes, and decorating ideas

I like the idea of helping local/state companies and artists by buying their products and promoting them for gift giving.  Here are a few to check out:

food:

Mary of Puddin Hill is just a few minutes from where I live and very famous too http://www.puddinhill.com/

Here are great GO Texan gift ideas, as well as recipes, holiday decorating ideas, and free e-zine subscriptions

http://www.agr.state.tx.us/gt/channel/render/items/0,1218,1670_19176_0_0,00.html

The 2009 Holiday Gift guide is here:

http://click.engagemail.net/?ju=fe3016717664017b761d72&ls=fdee16787d6406797310767c&m=fefe1779756005&l=fea315707664077d70&s=fe2116777d670c7d7c1d70&jb=ffcf14&t=

Composting chicken litter

Safe Egg cleaning and handling

I have lots of different informative email subscriptions I signed up for.  This informative small scale egg handling booklet is from ATTRA; you can subscribe to a free email subscription too.

Here is the free egg handling booklet in PDF format:

http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/PDF/egghandling.pdf

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