By Michele Wales, Farm Program Coordinator
“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”
Much like the unofficial motto of the United States Postal Service, nothing keeps the Coverdale Farm staff from making their daily deliveries to the resident livestock. Our deliveries take the form of hay & grain to eat, straw for bedding, and fresh water for drinking. Our routine chores happen twice daily for 365 days each year for the last 14 years. But not every day is routine.
This morning, Michele and Dan made the rounds to cows, sheep, and chickens atop many, many inches of new wet snow. The morning began by breaking snowshoe trails for the ruminants from the pasture barns to water sources, feeding troughs, and the great stone barn. Shoveling followed as the snow made opening gates very tricky!
Eager to be fed, all of our “girls” braved the snow (they actually do just fine in the cold temperatures) and gobbled up their morning rations. Snug in their barn, the chickens were alert and talkative happy for fresh water and a sprinkling of extra grain on the ground to scratch and peck. Despite the wintry cold our Araucana, Rhode Island Red, Barred Rock and Leghorn hens left a nice cache of freshly laid eggs.
Farm Life may not be for everyone but it certainly is for the staff at Coverdale! Nothing beats a day at our “office.” Enjoy this Valentine snow…….