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.  Something to tide you over until then …



51 days until the first day of spring.


  1. 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!

  2. Jeff Walker says:

    Love it!! Thank you.

  3. 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.

  4. ev says:

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

  5. 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

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  7. Janet says:

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

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

  9. Nathalie S. says:

    Thanks for making me smile this morning!

  10. 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!

  11. Jamie H says:

    Loved the video :)

  12. 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!

  13. Gloria says:

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

  14. Johonna says:

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

  15. Kerri says:

    Now I want chickens and boots.

  16. Darlene says:

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

  17. PrairieGrrrl Karen says:

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

  18. caroline zych says:

    Love this, Thanks for brighting my cold Wisconsin day!

  19. Julie says:

    Ive never seen such happy chickens!

  20. Karen Duke says:

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

  21. 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…

  22. 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.

  23. 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?

  24. Pati says:

    Loved it,Karen !!!

  25. Erica Filpi says:

    How sweet. Thank you for sharing.

  26. RosieW says:

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

  27. 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!!

  28. 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!”

  29. 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!!

  30. Barbara says:

    Very nice and cheerful! thanks!

  31. Jeanne says:

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

  32. Heather says:


  33. 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. :(

    • 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

  34. 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… ;-)

  35. Melanie Hosgen says:

    Nice boots!

  36. Kat says:

    Perfect!!! I needed that! Thank You!

  37. 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?

  38. nantia says:

    it’s a very nice video
    they really love you :)

  39. 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..

  40. Angela Recker says:

    THANKS YOU! I REALLY needed that!

  41. sia says:

    You chill with your chickens. You are the bomb.

  42. Lori says:

    Thanks for the sunshine! It made me smile!

  43. 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 (:

  44. Stephanie Hobson says:

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

  45. 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.

  46. Toronto Boy says:

    51 days until the first day of spring …

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

  47. 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.

  48. Kris says:

    That was lovely.

  49. 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..

  50. Carla Barnes says:

    Sweet! Thank you.

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