I’m not even sure how much snow we have, but we have a lot of snow. So far the power is on. But I don’t think the 100 lbs. of bird­seed I bought in prepa­ra­tion for the snow is going to hold out long. The birds are arriv­ing in droves.

See for yourself.

The birds are practically knocking on the back door asking for more bird seed.

The birds are prac­ti­cally knock­ing on the back door ask­ing for more bird seed.

Harry ventured out to do a bit of damage control to the chicken coop. The chickens are nestled inside where it is heated and I have given them treats of kale and dried corn on the cob.

Harry ven­tured out to do a bit of dam­age con­trol to the chicken coop. The chick­ens are nes­tled inside where it is heated and I have given them treats of kale and dried corn on the cob.

At one point there were about 25 cardinals outside in addition to all the other birds.

At one point there were about 25 car­di­nals out­side in addi­tion to all the other birds.

The goldfinches have lost their color for the winter.

Robin

Garden and food writer Robin Ripley is co-author of Grocery Gardening. Her new book, Wisdom for Home Preservers, will be released later in 2014 from Taunton Press.

Bumblebee is about her life in rural Maryland, her garden, cooking, dogs and pet chickens. She also blogs about food and chickens at Eggs & Chickens. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Thank you for visiting.

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