Here in Dallas we are sloshing about in the rain. Before y’all throw your snowballs all the way down to Texas, I have to say that, I am quite aware you Northerners are covered under snowdrifts, but my backyard is an absolute lake! Speaking of lakes I am thankful that after a couple of years of hard drought we are filling up our lakes. This is however the most disagreeable weather to do “farm” chores in.
This soggy weather is reminding me of two very important pieces of equipment for homesteading that might surprise you. Meet my two best friends: My raincoat and boots. To an urban homesteader that has chickens and rabbits a good raincoat and boots are invaluable.If you want help from your kids you had better get them some too!
Let me take this time to tell you about what my day looks like as far as “farm” chores. Since I have a coop that is really just big enough for the girls to be safe and snug during the night hours, I must wake up and get outside to let them out and feed them and make sure they have fresh water every morning. See my coop here. http://bloomwhereyourplanted.com/my-chicken-coop Let me just say that chickens DON’T sleep in! After that I help my son feed the rabbits. Then we are good till evening when I have to make sure the girls get locked in safe and sound and give hay and fresh water to the rabbits. Chickens automatically go to roost at night so it is not like I have to chase them in or anything. As a homeschooling mother of five it is a bit easier for me to take care of my animals than someone who works outside of the home, but I think it could easily be done. It is in this situation for sure, where you will want the raincoat and boots to protect your good clothes as you slog about in the rain taking care of your animals in the morning. Those beautiful spring days when we are sitting on our patio eating a fresh organic homegrown salad , watching bunnies hop about or the antics of chickens scratching here and there, makes it all worth it!