It's regularly in the 20's at night now and dark much more. The big event I wondered about has arrived and it's assured me that these chickens are normal. They are finally molting and egg production has dropped off by half. For awhile there I thought I may have obtained super-chickens, especially after last winter. Still, I'll really miss the 6 eggs a day through winter.
I took pictures inside of the coop and out in the run. The black feathers are standing out the most, but the reds are also losing feathers. With as many feathers as I'm seeing there and all around the garden, you'd think they'd look naked. Nope! They look as fluffy as normal, but have straggly tails.
It's also time to buy the 18% food to get those feathers coming in quickly.
Yesterday, I finally got a start on putting the strawberries to bed for the winter. Had to get Steve's leather gloves because pulling the pine needles back was very painful.
The plants got a buzz-cut. They'll get the needles pulled back over them and straw added to top that off, hopefully tomorrow. Then, I need to find plastic for coverage. Haven't even looked for it yet, but I believe I'll find some in the greenhouse.
Made another trip to the shed with rocks painted by Steve's sister. On her last visit she did them and I was going to put their picture onto the blog and kept forgetting the picture. Now, they have joined the other decor in the shed so they last longer than stuff does after freezing all winter. I'm going to find them a better place next season, too. Maybe closer to the back door so others can see them.
So, we've done our last shopping run and now I'm ready for the Thanksgiving holiday next week. I think everything is bought that I needed to provide. Other things will be coming up with the various visitors. Steve and I stuffed a 24 pounder is in the refrigerator and stuffed two turkeys into the freezer. There isn't room for anything else in the freezer, either. I'm thinking I may need to put a sign on it that tells visitors to not open the door. I know something's going to come falling out if it's opened...
... and I'm prepared to block any escapees....