Our girls have officially called it quits for the winter. They are so fed up with the cold and snow, they have decided they'll just hang out in the roost or sit in the nesting boxes all day. I was hoping the nest box sitting was them getting prepped for laying eggs but they've been chilling in there for days now and I'm pretty sure there are no eggs to be had.
EDIT: We currently have a pvc chicken feeder. I'll probably make a different one come spring because they somehow STILL get food everywhere. Amazing.
Link on how to make it: http://themobilehomewoman.com/?p=8088
They can easily take their beaks, and scrape backwards with them .. with these feeders. Any feeder, but I think the best one is grandpa's feeder. Just wish I could afford one right now.
I use these for now.
If the food isn't all the way to the top, on the bottom part whee they eat from, then they can't push as much out with their beaks, and, they can't scratch it out.