Preparing For The Polar Vortex


We should have known the weather man wasn’t lying about the coming polar vortex. Yesterday we saw two birds vying for the right to eat the corn off the squirrel feeder….the woodpecker won this round.

I guess the birds know when to prepare for the coming journey into the deep freeze that is an Iowa winter. My husband and I took our cue from their preparations and also spent time yesterday preparing the chicken coop.

My husband rigged up a heat lamp that the girls could roost under at night and he then fluffed the chipped wood bedding on the floor. I made sure they had plenty of water and feed. 20190129_114028.jpg

This morning, when I went to see if they wanted to go out on this bitter day I noticed they had already laid a few eggs. I figured I had better take them along to the house with me.

Once I picked a couple of them up; I found I was already to late…..the below zero temps had already frozen a couple of them.

I have a feeling that I will either be baking or serving scrambled eggs for a meal in the next few days!

I have decided that I will also need to gather eggs a few times during the day tomorrow and the next day as they tell us our highs will be -12º tomorrow.  They also assure us this will be record setting. I don’t know about you…but that is one record I really don’t feel the need to break!

I kind of have to laugh when I go into the chicken coop during this type of weather….the girls have a distinct grumble to their “talking”. I don’t think they are too pleased with the cold wind and they aren’t pleased with being locked in either.

I try to tell them it is for their own good but I don’t think they believe me or they don’t understand. Even if they do believe me or understand…they are still pretty miffed about it all.

I have a feeling I am the same way with life. So many times I know things are happening because they are good for me but I really don’t want to believe it…. and I really don’t want to take the time to understand it. It is so much easier to just be a little ticked about it all.

If this week finds you in a situation that you know is for your good but you aren’t happy about it….take a deep breath, step back and give it some time. I find that after a bit I am either okay with it or at least over the “grumbly” phase.

May you also stay warm…wherever you are! And if it is bitter cold…may you have made preparations in advance like those very smart birds.

The past is behind:
learn from it.
The future is ahead:
prepare for it.
The present is here:
live it!
Thomas S. Monson

32 thoughts on “Preparing For The Polar Vortex

  1. bcparkison says:

    Oh bless you. Our cold isn’t anything like your cold but it is cold enough. Our snow was on the trees but very little on the ground which is fine with me. We are just not set up for your kind of winter. Now we have at times had a real winter but I really was praying hard for this blow to be slight.Taking care of the ‘down the hill’ crew will be near impossible in a big snow. I don’t even want to think about it but of course I don’t have an option but to plan and the plan is to have very little snow. lol
    Have you ever thought about growing forage for your girls. My DnL grows pans of greens for her girls and they love it. Just a thought .
    Stay by the wood heater…it is the best warmth there is.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Unfortunately the weather man was NOT wrong about yesterday! It was so cold my outdoor loving husband only ventured out once. We did not even get mail in a lot of the Midwest states. I did stay in (other than chicken chores) and stay warm!


  2. bcparkison says:

    It was wheat. She used plastic dish pans and grew them like sprouts. Just water the seed and watch them grow. she stopped when she started having mold and couldn’t figure out if the seed was bad or not enough air flow. ???Said she will start again in the Spring. She works full time so doesn’t have much daylight to do anything.

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  3. susieshy45 says:

    Happy cold days ahead. We are losing out to summer fast.
    I hope the girls don’t grumble too much and then play truant. Glad they are all warm.
    I grumble, a lot. Also fret and throw tantrums- more now that I am older( ashamed).
    But it is what it is.

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  4. Al says:

    The girls don’t like of the cold? What are they, chickens? Oh wait, they are, aren’t they…. (just kidding). Hope they stay huddled together and safe. The same goes for you and the hubby. This too shall pass (we hope).

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      They are so chickens Al!!! In more ways than one. It is funny to see they know to get as close to the heat lamp as they can. They kind of jostle around for position.
      Before you know it we will be complaining that it is too hot! I fear we have short memories.

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  5. beaconsoflife says:

    What a great analogy, Faye! Good reminder for me in my current circumstances. Even without major things going on, I grumble and complain. it does me no good, except to make me more miserable. We too are getting the Polar Vortex. It is already -20 degrees outside on our thermometer. My sister had chickens years ago, but she lived in Paso Robles, CA. They also had goats. She now lives in TX, still gets some cold days, but always better than what we have here. Stay warm and take care of those girls. They can be so fragile, especially in this weather.

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  6. Maureen Helen says:

    I cannot imagine your cold. At 80 plus I have never seen snow close up. The nearest I’ve been is to see it on the alps from a train in France. Keep warm and well, Faye.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I don’t know if I quite understand how cold it is either. I just know that by the time I get back from doing chicken chores my fingertips are tingling and it seems to take a long time to warm up.
      It was above zero today and sunny and felt really nice! I guess it is perspective….


  7. lindasschaub says:

    Beautiful words to close this post out with Faye! The poor girls get a rude awakening with this cold and snow – I’m with the girls and looking forward to the warmth of Spring which feels like a loooong way off right now.

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  8. says:

    I have thought about you and wondered how the storm affected you.I have never gathered a frozen egg! Of course, I loved this post and this was good for me to remember. I feel like I have always known you, when I read your post. thank you and love, Michele

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