We awoke today to the first measurable snow of the season, about 1/2 inch of wet accumulation. The white won’t last long. The next few days will have temperatures in the 40sF with rain. It’s pretty to see, dusting the trees, carpeting the lawns. A warning of what is to come.
The first snow of the winter is later than last year by about three weeks. We have enjoyed a very warm autumn. The ground has not frozen yet. I am still harvesting the late apples and they are in good, hard condition. I also collected my hazelnut crop, a total of eighteen nuts!
Next year should bring a better harvest. Only the largest hazelnut bush produced nuts. Hazelnuts require good cross pollination. There are two other hazelnuts struggling to produce flower catkins. They should provide enough to fertilize my largest plant next spring, as long as the deer don’t chew on them again this winter. I trimmed my husband’s hair last night and collected the clippings. Legend holds that hanging little cloth bags of human hair in the branches of trees will stop the deer from eating the twigs. I’m giving it a try.
The pullets hatched in May and June have just started laying. There are a total of thirteen hens. Every morning the lights in their pen come on around four. This gives them enough supplemental light to stimulate laying during the dark, dreary days of late fall and early winter. We are getting an average of eight eggs per day.
The shell color on the eggs being produced by these young Ameraucana hens is lovely. My latest flock is all silver or black plumage color. I believe the blacks produce the deepest blue shade on their eggshells. I breed specifically for the bluest shell color and things seem to be heading in the right direction!