My cure for the winter blues …


It’s cold. And snowy. And you’re craving the sun.

There’s no green, no warmth and life is no fun.

You cry to the skies, Let the sun peak out.

You try to keep hope, but in truth you doubt.

You know winter is here by the frost on the panes,

But it’s spring that you need to make you feel sane.


Don’t worry. It’s coming. Β Something to tide you over until then …



51 days until the first day of spring.


  1. Carla Barnes says:

    Sweet! Thank you.

  2. estee says:

    Too bad for you.. Here in Santa Monica the grass is greener, flowers are in bloom, butterflies as big as birds are flapping about, humming birds are buzzing and all we have to do is soak up the sun..too bad you have to watch a youtube video of times past..oh well..I gotta go to eat my paleo banana bread..

  3. Violet says:

    Aw, this made me smile and smile and smile and cry a little! Thank you. The chicken butts were awesome.

    We had chickens at the shelter where I used to volunteer. One of them had only one leg. Every time I see chickens, I think of her and how much I miss snuggling with her. She was such a sweet girl and got around remarkably well.

    I need chickens to pat! I wonder if there’s anyone in my area who needs a chicken sitter. You know … feeding them, watering them, taking them to the movies, lecturing them about the dangers of smoking, all that stuff. Someone somewhere must need this service.

  4. Toronto Boy says:

    51 days until the first day of spring …

    And then I get to add new plants to my garden! Yippy!

  5. Susan says:

    The chickens are so interesting. They really seem to enjoy the interaction with you. I didn’t realize chickens would get attached to humans. So nice. And you can never go wrong with the Beatles providing the background music to your life!
    Frickin’ freezing here in San Diego. It’s a three cat night.

  6. Stephanie Hobson says:

    Thanks for this Karen. There’s just something so dang cheerful about watching chickens running around. Wonder why that is so?

  7. Elle says:

    My kids are dying to see some snow. We do get rain (and here when it rains – it really pours!) But at least 50% of the time it’s sunny. I wore my down coat maybe 3 times this winter.

    Maybe next winter we can switch houses and you’ll get sunshine in the middle of winter (and lots of Playmobil, Lego and Barbie/Monster high dolls to play with) and my kids can freeze their little hands & feet in the Canadian snow (:

  8. Lori says:

    Thanks for the sunshine! It made me smile!

  9. sia says:

    You chill with your chickens. You are the bomb.

  10. Angela Recker says:

    THANKS YOU! I REALLY needed that!

  11. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    That was so nice Karen..I so needed that..Those little ladies really love you don’t they..Thanks for sharing..

  12. nantia says:

    it’s a very nice video
    they really love you πŸ™‚

  13. Rita says:

    What a great video. I can’t believe how tame your chickens are! I can never get mine to let me touch them. I can’t wait to get more this spring and try to tame them. I think I’ll just get 6 this time – easier to tame then, maybe.
    Thanks for the video. We’re up to our eyeballs in snow out here in the Cariboo in BC. Just dying to be able to sit out on my deck and watch my chickens and other critters while I bask in the sun. Ah green grass, when will I see you again?

  14. Kat says:

    Perfect!!! I needed that! Thank You!

  15. Melanie Hosgen says:

    Nice boots!

  16. gabrielle says:

    Never mind, Santa Monica… up here we like our blondes natural, our chicks with big thighs and our grass and flowers growing with rain from the skies (not from a hose)… everything just as nature intended… πŸ˜‰

  17. Moe says:

    Thanks Karen.. I needed that.
    I’ve never seen anyone pet a chicken like a cat or dog. Do they ever poop on you when they’re on your lap??
    I hate wishing my life away, but there’s not one thing I like about winter.. except the fact that it’s ending heralds the arrival of spring. Someday I hope to be a Snowbird but unless the lottery comes through, that ain’t gonna ever happen. πŸ™

    • Karen says:

      Moe – Cuddles has never once pooped on me while she’s in my lap. None of them has either. They have pooped on me when I’ve started them on occasion by picking them up to look at a possible injury or to move them quickly or whatever. ` karen

  18. Heather says:


  19. Jeanne says:

    Love the video & the castle game, though I can’t get past level 5??? Needed that sunshine & the smile.. Thanks.

  20. Barbara says:

    Very nice and cheerful! thanks!

  21. Janice says:

    Love it! It was gray here in Minnesota all day yesterday, then we had freezing rain followed by snow. At least it’s warmer, but I definitely need an injection of some sun. Thanks!!

  22. Tris says:

    OOOOOH, Karen, you dink! Now I’ll be singing that song to myself while shoveling about a mile of sidewalks this morning. “Doot n doo doo!”

  23. Judy Bickford says:

    But the cold makes us not take the beauty and the warmth of spring for granted. That’s why we get so excited when we get that slight warm breeze, the first few shoots of something green coming up out of the cold ground, the sounds of that bird we haven’t heard in awhile. I love spring! It’s another chance to be inspired. You get that surge of energy and you make all those excuses to stay outside. Let me hibernate a little while longer, but watch out spring! I’ll be ready for you!!

  24. RosieW says:

    I CAN make it another 51 days. You’d better be right! Winter truly depresses me when I’m alone.

  25. Erica Filpi says:

    How sweet. Thank you for sharing.

  26. Pati says:

    Loved it,Karen !!!

  27. Laura Bee says:

    Maybe it’s the song, maybe it’s the chickens. You made me tear up once again.
    I feel I should tell you that if we ever meet I might hug you.
    Does that happen often to you?

  28. Tisha says:

    I was singing that song last week, the previous two weeks before that we had rain almost every single day here in South Louisiana. Now the past few days it’s been in the 70’s (I am not complaining!) Our weather is nuts.

  29. Gina says:

    Oh thank you. Sunbeams, chickens, one of my favorite Beatles’ songs….I might have to watch this every morning while I sit in front of my light therapy box ….spring can’t come soon enough…

  30. Karen Duke says:

    OK that does it. I’m getting chickens this year in addition to a beehive.

  31. Julie says:

    Ive never seen such happy chickens!

  32. caroline zych says:

    Love this, Thanks for brighting my cold Wisconsin day!

  33. Karen, you may never know how much that helped.
    God bless you!

  34. Darlene says:

    Thanks! I just had asked about the chickens and POW here they are!

  35. Kerri says:

    Now I want chickens and boots.

  36. Johonna says:

    Soooo, apparently chickens make you feel all warm and sunny inside?

  37. Gloria says:

    Loved your choice of music! It’s snowing here now. Thanks for the lift!

  38. Candice says:

    This adorable video certainly brightened my cold, gray, sleeting morning…I really needed this after being up all night with my sick son and a neurotic Coonhound (my sweet but ultra sensitive beast who hates for anyone or anything to be out of whack in the household). A BIG thank you to you!

  39. Jamie H says:

    Loved the video πŸ™‚

  40. Sally says:

    That was wonderful. Have you been saving it just for this occasion? And never thought about it, but who knew that chickens would like to cuddle?!? Thanks for the ray of sun. It’s snowing/rainy/icing here. 51 and counting.

    • Karen says:

      Sally – Yes, I have been saving that video. I shot it in August or September knowing I’d use it in January or February. ~ karen!

  41. Nathalie S. says:

    Thanks for making me smile this morning!

  42. Loved seeing the sun rays. Can’t wait!
    Thanks for sharing. I’ll have that song in my head today!

  43. Janet says:

    Beautiful. I can almost feel the warmth of those gorgeous rays of sunshine.

  44. Janet Althoff says:


  45. Sherry (BTLover2) says:

    That was beautiful! I had no idea that chickens will sit on your lap and allow you to pet them (love, cuddle, kiss). Do all your chicks like that? Really, they are just too sweet!

    • Karen says:

      Cuddles is the most cuddly … she actually runs to me to jump in my lap. Walnut is #2. Then Norma and Cheeze Whiz bring up the rear in the cuddles department. That sounded wrong. You know what I mean. ~ karen

  46. ev says:

    Your chickens LIKE you! They really like you! What a nice video and the music too! Thanks Karen. From sunny (Hah!) Ohio.

  47. Reg says:

    Awww That was such a peaceful few moments, thank you. I love that the hens like a little cuddle.
    Now I have to bundle up and shovel the driveway. But I’ll be humming Here Comes the Sun.

  48. Jeff Walker says:

    Love it!! Thank you.

  49. Judi says:

    How Sweet! I LOVE that you go visit with your chickens! I wish I had chickens to go visit with, maybe someday. Until then, I will live vicariously thru you. Thanks for sharing!

  50. Ruth says:

    I know this wasn’t done for folk like me, but I enjoyed it anyway. Cool editing… πŸ™‚

  51. Love those chickens! They are so cute and they give you fresh eggs! What a win win situation! How about some more “Will they eat that?

  52. Debbie from Illinois says:

    Love this!

  53. alison says:

    Needed that…

  54. Sarah In Illinois says:

    Very nice. And you can’t go wrong with the Beatles!

  55. Holly says:

    It’s official. There is nothing happier than a video of fluffy bottomed chickens eating a banana.

  56. marilyn says:

    sweet! thanks karen..i loooove that song! actually put a lump in my thtoat. and by the by i made the fire broth soup..its delicious! and better by far the second day.had to dial down the heat a bit and didnt put all the chipotle peppers in but its a keeper.

    • Karen says:

      Great! It’s a lot of ingredients to get into the pot but once they’re in there the soup is done so it really isn’t that big of a deal. Did your hubby like it? ~ karen

  57. Luanne says:

    That was beautiful…it warmed my soul and I hope it will give me the inner strength to deal with a “Snow Day”….yep buses were cancelled and the kids are home! (I may need to watch it a few more times throughout the day.)

  58. Audrey Ogilvie says:

    What a lovely interlude in the middle of a blizzard!

  59. Lisa says:

    The next time someone asks me why I keep chickens I will simply tell them to watch this video. Thanks Karen!

  60. mickey says:

    Beautiful…thanks, Karen.

  61. Thera says:

    Needed that today, of all days!

    Here in Barrie we are at 1C, flurries, freezing rain, roads are a mess, school buses and exams are cancelled and I am worrying about hubby’s drive to work, won’t know if he’s okay until lunch time.

    Now I have a sweet song playing in my head to calm my nerves.

    Thank you!

  62. Sarah says:

    Thank you, Karen. That was lovely. Not only a reminder that there IS a sun up there somewhere but also to take a few moments every day and just…enjoy.

  63. Cynna says:

    Sweet video! Of course it’s snowing here, but I actually felt warm for a minute watching your film.

  64. Jodi T. says:

    I love your chickens. πŸ™‚ How did you know Cuddles would be so cuddly when she grew up? And how tha heck do you tell them a part?

    Jodi (from 70 degree Texas)

    • Karen says:

      She became Cuddly when she was very young. She must have imprinted on me. The others like to have the underneath of their wings and crops rubbed but Cuddles and Walnut are the ones who jump up to be pet. ~ karen!

  65. Ah, shucks, those chickens are loverly, Karen. All this time I thought I needed a couple more cats… maybe it’s CHICKENS I’ve wanted all along.

  66. Deb J. says:

    Nice video. Does warm the cockles (what are those?) of your heart. But we just had a bout of perspective – my brother-in-law came to visit last week. He and my sister used to live in Sudbury but moved to Vancouver nearly 4 years ago. It was incredibly cold here in Ottawa – coldest in 8 years – you know, when -20 seems like a break in the cold. He LOVED it – not because it was like Sudbury but because it was sunny. Might make your ears and toes fall off, but sunny. They are finding the constant rain on our left coast really depressing. They don’t need boots but they have to turn the lights on all day – winter and summer. So maybe some cold and some snow aren’t so bad. Nahhh! Give me spring!

  67. taria says:

    what a happy place. I’ve lived in so cal all my life. OC and San Diego before the high desert. It is cold here but the sun is almost always around, not so much on the coast. I feel bad for folks that miss on sunshine. It is a true joy. Your sunny video should warm folks up! Thnx. Hey, were those the boots I didn’t win? : )

  68. Eddie says:

    Thanks for that bit of Sunshine.

  69. Jacqui says:

    Awwwww, that actually made me cry! I love that your chickens cuddle with you.

  70. Jody says:

    That was just perfect on a Snow Day. Thanks.

  71. Karen M. says:

    We had chickens when I was younger and I don’t remember them being so sweet…in fact, I usually high-tailed it out of there with fear after I grabbed the eggs. Looks like I missed out. Who knew they were lap pets?? Love it.

  72. Pat says:

    More “Will They Eat It?” please. Love the dirt bath in the galvanized tub behind you. Who was in there ruffling and fluffing? And on a petting note, your chickens are friendlier than my black cat! There’s no petting the black cat in my house without getting a look of disdain, but we love her anyway.

  73. Sherri says:

    It’s a stressful week here at work (already), but I’m glad I took a few minutes to watch today’s video. Thank you for making me smile and lowering my blood pressure.

  74. Sharon says:

    Lovely. Just lovely.

  75. WittyMermaid says:

    If it were only 51 days…

    We get our last snow in Colorado at the end of May…

  76. Bonnie says:

    Very Cool. Thanks!

  77. Suanne Jefferies says:

    It’s Monday, I’m working, it’s cold outside, it’s winter, it’s grey….I SOOOOOO needed that! πŸ™‚

  78. Lisa says:

    That was the perfect way to start a rainy, gloomy day in Chicago. Def needed those rays of sunshine! Love those chickens!

  79. AmieM says:

    But winter is wonderful! Without many days of a cold snap, our agricultural fields cannot be rid of pathogens and other nasties that would continue to grow and thrive and be present when farmers plant their seeds. We need the cold to kill some human borne viruses and bacteria. We need the snow to replenish our aquifers. Many farmers rely on a massive spring thaw for the entirety of their summer growing water.

    Cold snaps and spells are also important in the making of ice wine! Think of the wine!

    Winter is important in our area. This winter has been especially mild. The flip flopping between temperatures just make it seem harsh. We have not had a chance to acclimatize to the cold each time before it goes away.

    -from a transplanted Prairie girl in SW Ontario.

  80. Wisconsingal says:

    Nice, sweet cheerful and relaxing. Since the girls are so calm and cuddly, I need to ask – do they peck you and get upset when you go to gather their eggs?

  81. KimC says:

    Beautiful. Nice editing too. The slow motion of one of your chickens running toward the camera was brilliant! It made me tear up seeing the love you have for those girls. Hope you have a sunny day today too Karen.:-)

  82. came home from work (where our heating is broken, brrr!) to grey skies, then
    opened my email to find this
    golden pick-me-up treasure!
    Had a look at this along with the tiramisu I bought on the way home; this day suddenly got better! yay, thanks Karen!

  83. Ashley W says:

    I could feel the sun on my face. Thanks Karen and hens for a well needed grey day pick me up!

  84. Ali says:

    must show this vid to the hubby in hopes it will win him over on a coop!

  85. Shauna says:

    Well, since I’m blocked from youtube at work, it’s a good thing I live in San Diego where all I have to do is look out the window to see the beautiful blue skies and sun. Although, it’s been unusually rainy this year – this weekend it rained and then misted all during the day. I actually had to wear a coat when I walked to Art Happy Hour this Friday! The nerve!

  86. Amber says:

    Thanks, that was just what I needed!

  87. Linda says:

    Watching your video was just as good as meditating! Now I’m relaxed enough to eat my lunch and drive back to work humming a favorite tune and smiling at the idiot drivers who are pretending it’s not freezing rain….

  88. Jessica says:

    Sitting on the 45th floor in a tower on Bay St in Toronto on a Monday afternoon where we can’t see beyond the windows for the fog and snow, this was just what I needed to watch! Good timing, Karen!

    Looking at you just enjoying the simple pleasure of cuddling the two hens and basking in the sun, I’m sure makes the hell of chicken coop construction all worth it now!!

  89. Carole McGinnis says:

    I love the video. Who would have known you could pet and cuddle with chickens. How cute is that? I had a smile on my face the whole time watching this. I love to see your chickens. I WANT some – maybe some day.

  90. Lynne says:

    Loved it Karen – those chickens are just like cats only you can obviously “herd” them !!

    P.S. love the boots.

  91. Lynn says:

    Love love love the video. The “cuddles” warmed my heart and the SUN BEAMS warmed the entire ROOM!!!
    Thanks Karen. (and indeed… love the boots)

  92. Chris says:

    That is so cool! I have never seen anyone cuddle with chickens! You are “The Chicken Whisperer”.Just shovelled this awful mess before the freezing rain knowing it is all going to melt tomorrow. Makes me want to do a Lucy (Peanuts Gang)cry. Then I looked over to my neighbours girls, who made pretty snowmen and decorated them with purple arms and other fancy stuff, and thought “Life is Grand”.

  93. Deb says:

    Well now you’ve done it!!!! I have an overwhelming urge to cuddle with a chicken. JEEZE Karen!!!!

  94. Langela says:

    I love the rays of sun in the video, giving it a dreamy look. Great job on the filming! I am amazed at how the one hen sits there and accepts the massage. Maybe when we thin the flock to 10 or so (not 50), I will get me a pet hen. And I will love her and pet her and called her Penny.

  95. Barbie says:

    ….ahhhhh….that felt good. Thanks.

  96. Kathleen Rose says:

    Thanks so much. Where I am this winter it is 70-80 degrees and Sunshine almost every day. However I will return to the frozen mountains in 2014 and they have been having single digit temps, huge snow storms and once in 40 year ice storms and worst of all inversions. We have to go to the ski resorts to find the sunshine so I appreciated this for all my friends who are freezing.

  97. Leslie says:

    That does it. Alert the neighbor. I’m going to move next door.

  98. SusaninPeckham says:

    Thank you πŸ™‚ I know in my head that the sun will shine again some day but I see no evidence in the real world that this is true πŸ™

    • Cindy says:

      That was very neat. I am getting ready to order chickens for my acreage so I am glad spring is coming. I always start counting days now!!!!

  99. Alicia says:

    I dont know why, but i never would have thought that a chicken would sit and let you pet it. It was adorable!

  100. Denise Leavens says:

    I agree, your timing with this treat is just perfect! I loved the sun, chicken cuddling and music. I confess I enjoyed the last shot of the snow by your shed, too.

    Here is some more coop love:

  101. Susan in TX says:

    Love the video and the cuddly chicken. It’s 81 degrees here today and the spring blooming trees are almost ready. But then in August it will be 105 with 92% humidity. The grass must be greener.

  102. Sandy says:


    This video made my heart sing. Thank you.

  103. Marlene says:

    I really,really needed that. I spent the best of the afternoon cleaning my driveway from the snow and ice we had overnight and was feeling really piss…I could feel my blood pressure slowing down while watching! THANKS!

  104. SK Farm Girl says:

    That brought a tear to me eye *sniff*, *sniff*! Really did warm the soul and give us hope when the weather really has gotten to us! There is a Bogs commercial in there just dying to get out . . .

  105. Sara says:

    I’m pretty sure yours is the only blog I read all the comments! LOVE the chickens!

  106. Liz Walter says:

    Thanks Karen for the warm fuzzies. Your video made me think of my Mom-she loved her chickens. I remember that she used to go into her garden with a glass jar and hand pick any bugs that she found and put them into the jar and take them to her “girls”. When they saw her coming they came running to her to see what she brought them.

  107. christine says:

    you just reached a whole new level of awesome in my book…. my hope one day is to have a coop 1/2 as great as yours and chickens that will be as great as well!

  108. Louise says:

    You are the chicken whisperer :). Great video, soooooo therapeutic this time of year. And I’m counting down the days right along with you!! You have some very happy chickens, what do you house them in during the winter months?

  109. Rondina says:

    And here is Texas, although it is what we consider cool this morning at 40 degrees, I believe spring is here. The phlox is blooming and so are some of the bulbs. I realized last year that global warming had moved February to January. We may have a couple of more cold snaps to go, but hey, it was in the 70s before the front moved through yesterday bringing March winds. You miss spring. I miss winter.

  110. erica says:

    Karen, that was one of your best posts! I share your happiness in the simple things…just hanging with your flock. Thanks for this, E

  111. Lisa says:

    That is probably the best video I have watched on the ‘net in many a year!Thanks for the smile and the feeling of warmth on this Manitoba -47C morning.

  112. Lynn says:

    Hi Karen I have a young woman who works for us who got what we call a small holding, not quite a farm but bigger than a garden, she has a few chickens and ducks too, she loves them.
    My sister is married to a sheep farmer, he also has a few dozen chickens, some how I don’t think he loves them like you do lol. Then of course its the turn of 4000 turkeys after the sheep have gone, then he starts all over again, he the breeder , my sister, well she a good cook, and I just love eggs.

    By4now Lynn

  113. Sue S says:

    That was totally awesome. Made me smile the whole time! Thank you! I have been thinking to myself that we have to get through February and then we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel. I live in Western MD and it won’t be spring spring, but that tell tale lime green life will start to sprout. And our hearts will quietly start to sing.

  114. Katie King says:

    How do you keep your seat/bale o’ hay poo-free?? I’ve been trying to think of a ‘clean’ way to chill with my flock that doesn’t involve moving furniture or changing my pants every time…

    • Karen says:

      Katie – Oh there’s poop on top of the bale the odd time. I just wait until it dries then brush it off with a whisk broom I have hung on the coop. The straw gets replaced every little while. I use it to fill the nesting box, the inside and the outside run. I just grab a few flakes. Then when the bale is gone I go out and buy a brand new one to set out there. Works well as far as straw plans go. πŸ™‚ ~ karen

  115. Katie King says:

    More incentive for me to get a bale of hay! I’ve been using wood shavings, but hay will be neater…and look brighter. PS. This video was just what I needed this morning: thanks for posting! It’s actually sunny in the PNW, but it’s nice to remember that it’ll be sunny enough to wear short sleeves again in a few months…

  116. Sarah says:

    Ahhh I have such bad winter blues today! Thanks for the video, it made me smile. πŸ™‚ I wish my city would let me keep chickens in my backyard.

  117. Susan U says:

    Just wanted to share with you, as Christine Chitnis and you have inspired me to raise chickens in my little urban backyard. I got six chicks yesterday (they are a week old and living in my dining room). Celebrated with my family by sharing your lovely video with them. Excited for what is to come. Thanks for sharing your story!

    • Karen says:

      Susan – Congratulations! Isn’t it exciting? They’re sooo cute. You should be eating eggs by September or October. You’ll never forget your first egg. I’m happy to have inspired you! ~ karen

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