I am grateful that these chickens seem to suffer less frostbite than our turkens. I think this improvement is a result of both breed and superior coop construction. James is definitely stepping up his game with each coop.
Oddly enough, in between the original draft of this post and the finishing of it, our electric heat pump failed. Funny the things I learned about my AC/furnace when it stopped working. The wood hauling served me well, as the primary heat to the house for 48 hours has been the stove. I've done pretty well, if I do say so myself, but the new furnace, to be in place tomorrow, will be welcome for bedroom heat!
Some part of me would love to not have a furnace, but the reality is this: I can't chop wood right now. When I'm pregnant or caring for a newborn, I can't haul enough wood. We need the AC in the summer, as our house is not built to circulate air efficiently. Still, this was a worthwhile experience in knowing that I can heat the house in a "disaster" with very little interruption to our lives.
Until next time, remember, this is not paradise. It's Purgatory Ranch.