Winterization is Complete, Just in Time

The leaves are gone, and temperatures in the 20s are expected. Looks like the last of the warm weather is behind us.

A half moon is seen in late afternoon

At our altitude, the leaves are gone, but as you can see above, it makes for some nice photography.

I have completed my winterization efforts. As planned, I used two-inch bolts to mount the plastic sheets over the screen windows in the chicken coop to keep the chickens warm. I considered getting a remote thermometer to track the interior temperature, but then I decided I would just use the waterer. If there is a skim of ice on it, I will know the temperature sank below freezing inside. We are expecting temperatures in the 20s at night, so the next few days should be a good test.

Chickens and their winterized coop
The chickens look imploringly at me, hoping for more greenery. Despite a full feeder plus me tossing them a handful of scratch and three big handfuls of greens, they always want more. In the background, you can see the shiny new plastic sheets on their coop’s windows to help them stay warm at night.

We had seven eggs today. Another record! And we gave away a dozen. Happilly, the friends we gave them two gave us two empty egg cartons in return. It’s funny how we can be excited over empty egg cartons, but that is the best way to hold eggs and we need as many as we can get our hands on.

After checking the prices online, egg cartons are expensive, unless you buy 500 or more. I don’t think I’ll need that many!

Beehive Winterization

The beehive winterization is also complete. I had to open the hives to remove the feeders, and there appears to be good food stores and lots of bees. That’s a good sign heading into winter.

Two winterized beehives
The two black beehives have been winterized with tar paper. This should provide a wind barrier and help transfer the warm rays of the sun to the hives. It is stapled to the hive and wrapped with a strip of duct tape. It will be interesting to see if this survives our wind.

I hope you and yours are ready for winter.

Author: The Pickled Prepper

Pete the Pickled Prepper lives on an isolated homestead on the side of a mountain deep in in rural America. He has been preparing for the end of the world for more than 25 years.