It's maple syrup time! I tapped about 24 trees all around the house and sap started running right away from most of them. I timed the tree tapping perfectly this year. Breaking paths through the snow to all the trees was tiring but I managed not to fall, and my feet didn't get cold or wet in my Muck boots. This year I tapped three big old maples on the berm at the front of our drive. They are so big I could have put in two taps, but I don't believe in bleeding out the trees and only put one tap in each of them. Since I am trying to do everything here on the farm as simply and low cost as possible, I use recycled ice cream buckets for sap pails. They work just fine.
Needless to say the chickens were very interested in what I was doing -- even if they don't like the snow.