The trees have lost most of their leaves. The grass has stopped growing. Even the weeds are taking a break. The farm is at rest.
Everything on the farm is seasonal. Did you know that eggs are a seasonal crop? Every Fall the chickens molt so that they have fresh feathers heading into Winter. When they do, they slow down their egg production dramatically. Then, when the days get really short, they stop laying altogether. They take a break. Commercial laying hens are kept in light and temperature controlled barns so that they don’t go through this natural process. Some people add lights to their chicken coops to trick their hens into laying. I figure that they have layed a lot of eggs over the Spring and Summer and they deserve to have some time off. They are resting like everything else on the farm.
The short, cold days make it easy to stay inside and rest. Not that we don’t have plenty to do indoors! At this time of the year, outdoor chores are mainly making sure that the chickens, pigs, cows, and the donkey all have food and water. Occasionally the pigs need a fresh bale of straw for bedding. Likewise the chickens get some additional wood shavings from time to time. There are a few veggies under the row cover but tending and harvesting only takes a few minutes a week. The work of building, repairing, and preparing are left for those rare dry sunny days. Even then we only do what has to be done to keep things going until the warmth and daylight return. We also need the rest after a long and busy year of farming.
As we head into the holidays, I hope that you are also having a season of rest. You’ve worked hard. You’ve earned it. Just like the chickens.