Originally Posted by LexChix
Add straw to their coop for warmth. If they are cold-hearty breeds they will be fine. My new hens got some frostbite on their combs last winter, and I put some Vaseline on the combs. They were fine by spring. My hens liked being outside in all weather, and they appreciated straw to step onto outside rather than stepping onto ice/snow. I'm in eastern Mass.
I have pine shavings in my coop and always add extra on really cold nights but may have to try straw. Maybe a combo. I'll have to get some.
Also agree about the ground because i wanted to put sand down cause it was sooo muddy and gross and it usually dried out but the past week its been gross. It dried out one or two days bit not really. Probably really detrimental to their health and I felt awful. So finally just yesterday when i was adding new shavings and spilling some, i caved and put shavings down on their whole entire run and they were soooo happy, scratching and pecking and digging around. Even the guy working on our bathroom commented how happy they were and how they came running out. I regret not doing it sooner. They would often stay indoors and i thought it was weather but i believe it was the mud. I just hope i haven't caused them any illness
but all seem fine and seem much much much happier and healthier now. I didn't want to put shavings down cause i wanted sand and thought this would get muddy too but its pretty deep and ANYTHING is better than mud and poop combo before. So i definitely second and highly recommend covering the floor of the run with SOMETHING or wrapping it with tarps to stay dry.
Also picking the BOSS out of the shavings makes it more fun