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Freak Storm

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We got hit pretty hard by the snowstorm that knocked out power and cancelled Halloween up and down the northeast last weekend. Our generator was running throughout the storm, but falling trees crushed our fences all over the farm. A fox (we think) helped himself to a few of our laying hens when the snow knocked down the electrified poultry net.

With the help of chainsaw madman Frank DeGennaro and his son, Frank Jr., we are cleaning up the mess. Progress was stalled today because, of all things, chain oil is sold out throughout our region. Hopefully, by this time next week the snow will have melted, and we will have another month of grazing before winter arrives for real.

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We started building this mobile chicken house back in March. With the help of welder Sean Azarowski and carpenter Frank DeGennaro it is finally finished!

The layers are slowly getting accustomed to the new digs. When we moved them in last week, many of them jumped the fence to return to their old laying house in the greenhouse (in the background of the photo above). Watching a grown man trying to catch an escaped chicken is a lot of fun. But that show will soon be over. We plan to launch the mobile house this week and move it down to the lower fields—out of sight of the old house.

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