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The Dan River three miles downstream from Danbury in Stokes County

Moisture brought up from the Gulf of Mexico by Hurricane Ida left four inches or more of rain this week. This was one of the nicest rains in years in these parts. The rain is also bringing up the groundwater, which has never really recovered from a long drought earlier this decade.



  1. mountain madness wrote:

    It’s sad to see all the flooding in Georgia and surrounding areas however the entire area needed a good soaking…. I have a question, how will your chickens weather the winter? And how many eggs are you getting from them now per week?

    Friday, November 13, 2009 at 10:29 am | Permalink
  2. admin wrote:

    I have two types of hens — 1 “Golden Comet” and 3 “Barred Rock.” I don’t know this of my own knowledge, because of course I’m still learning, but both types of hens are said to be hardy and suitable for northern climates. Their house is quite snug. I plan to pack it full of alfalfa hay when the weather gets colder. I’ve also bought a heat lamp and timer, but I’m hoping it won’t be needed. Dealing with frozen water is still an issue I haven’t quite worked out. Heated waterers are sold for commercial operations, but everything I’ve seen is way too big for my four hens. I’ve got a freeze-proof hydrant right beside the hen house, so at least I’ve got a winter water supply there.

    My four hens are laying two or three eggs a day at present. They laid four eggs a day all through September and most of October. My Golden Comet hen continues to lay every day (I can tell because her eggs are a much darker brown).

    I highly recommend the Golden Comet hens. They are very sweet, even affectionate, hens, and she seems to be a better layer than the Barred Rocks.

    Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 8:10 am | Permalink

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