A few days ago...finally! The first real snowfall! In the morning it was so pretty topping each dried flower stalk, roof line, and tree branch in the yard. Our daughter thought the echinacea garden looked like a jaunty field of little gnomes with snow peaked caps. Snow shovels are out and the piles have been started for snow fort building...just waiting for a little more snow. The hens are not sure if they like it. We spread straw sprinkled with sunflower seeds & buckwheat (their favourite snack) on the snowy ground to coax them out from the coop just so they can stretch their legs. Luckily, all the hens who molted in October now have their new winter feathers grown - but just barely. If it would have been this cold a few weeks ago they would not have fared so well. Surprisingly, they are still laying eggs. Usually by solstice they are slowing down with egg production (presumably reserving all their extra energy for keeping warm instead).