It’s important for the animals to get outside.
Chickens need fresh air and exercise. As I write this, it’s 9° F, cloudy, and there is snow on the ground. Given their druthers, the Ladies would have a lazy, indoors day. I lure them out with leftover cooked rice and cantaloupe. In normal weather I wouldn’t feed such a large portion of rice – too many carbs mess up the protein and mineral balance – but they’ll burn off the calories staying warm. I’m happy to see them out and energetically foraging. More snow is forecast tomorrow. It’ll be another indoors day.
Meanwhile, the dogs are limited to shoveled pathways.
Lily is big enough to air scent over the mounds of snow on the ground. She’s still doing her job. She’s keeping watch.
All that little Scooter can see is white. That’s 40 inches of snow. He hurries down the snow trench to do his business.
And he gallops back.
The dogs say Enough, already!