Friday, December 17, 2010

A Haven in the Drifts

Been reading and talking for a long time now on winter care for chickens. It's notable how many different takes there are out there regarding lighting (to extend days, which affects laying) and heating the evening quarters. Short of going into all that, I'll just say that as normal, we fell back on trial and error. I've got a light fixture out there, but it's not in use. Even on the -15 F nights I left it off. And I haven't messed with extending days. So that's the trial. And thus far the hennies are turning out eggs fairly regularly. Not quite at the rate of summer production, but close. As we approach the winter solstice I'm starting to figure that these birds are going to troop on through winter with the only ill effect being relative boredom.

Backyard. Deep drifts. Man, deep drifts. I tacked up some old stormwindows over the chicken wire to prevent snow blowing into the chicken run. So nighttime quarters are fully insulated, and daytime run is somewhat sheltered.

Found this morning at 0630 hours. Brown beauties.

"A box without hinges, key or lid
Yet golden treasure inside is hid"

-Bilbo Baggins


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