This foot belongs to Audrey, my black Australorp. She was my foot model because none of the other hens would volunteer--they all needed pedicures and were embarrassed about the state of their nails.
Next to Audrey's foot, you'll see acorns.
Here are more acorns in the chicken run. This is just two days worth of acorn drop off the Live Oak that shades the coop and run.
Here's a patch of ground that is about 1 ft. square. To say we have an abundance of acorns this year, would be an understatement. The thing is, they're hard as rocks. My poor chickens have no grass in their run to cushion their feet from the darned acorns. It must be like walking on marbles for them. I used to rake them every other day, but now I've taken to using the big push-broom to just sweep them away--much quicker and more efficient.
There are many myths surrounding plants and animals regarding weather. One of them just implies that if there are many acorns that we're in for a tough, long winter. If that's the case, we're in for the next ice age at our house.
Of course, what it really means is that the squirrels, deer and wild hogs will be getting fat. Acorn production on the trees starts the winter before. What the plant and animal folklore really points to is past weather, not weather prediction.
Think I should buy a snow blower, just to be on the safe side?