That is not snow.
Ice balls count as hail. Hail is hard.. See how the stuff in your hands are solid hard ice balls?? That is hail.
Snow is white and fluffy.... it comes from the sky in very soft crystals.... then piles up in mountains that block out the sun.
Yep, highest most impressive egg production goes on until their first huge molt at about 18 months of age.
This is why huge egg production houses get rid of all of the hens at their first big molt and replace them with pullets.
Stress is stressful....
Time should take care of it....
Except the bullying is a bit worrisome.
Try to figure out some change of management to alleviate that. So... extra feed and water stations, extra enrichment items like a pile of leaves or some hay, and lots of extra space.
It is breed dependent, and age dependent.
The first winter, a high egg producer breed will often lay right through... even up here in my super dark winters.
Following years they slow down...
One of the high production breeds is of course Leghorns.
I know you said you like eating chicken... but, though I am sure you could give away or sell any extra eggs.... it would be nice if you could eat them...
And with that thought... have you tried quail eggs or duck eggs?
I loved my Muscovy ducks... they tried to brood almost every egg they...
I always make sure the flock is well trained to come when I call (call out, shaken with scratch, toss scratch) before letting them free range.
Chasing chickens is tough and best done with 3 people and a dip net...
Calling chickens to come to you... easy 1 person job.
I have a hen with similar spurs...maybe longer... I have never done anything about them...
Have you watched her roost?
I don't think mine have any issues with their spurs.... but of course the way they curve can greatly impact if they are a problem or not....
Increase her nutrition if you can... I like freezer burnt salmon.. scrambled eggs are also a great choice.
Make sure she is on a high protein feed (18 or 20% is good)
You have her out of wind, which is great.
I think Wisconsin is far enough south that you have 10 hours or more of...
I find that higher protein feeds (18 to 20 %) are better in the winter. I usually feed an all flock with oyster shell on the side, but a layer feed for a month or two when they are not laying should be fine.
Did you stick your finger in the water? I once had a de-icer that got a short and electrified the water. :oops:
Other than the one shocking incident, I have never had an issue with animals caring that a de-icer was in the waterer.
Ours learn to drink from waterers that are freezing over. They all peck at the same spot to try to keep it open.
But we just take out the frozen layer, refill.. or if it is frozen solid we pop out the solid ice cube and refill the pan.
If it looks like it is freezing over in a couple of...
I think visualizing bantams as a basketball is a good visual.
Also realize that except for shot hops (about 1 foot) chickens tend to flap up and down at 45 degree angles.
Also, especially if you are planning a coop on the small side, a roofed run is golden.
I would look at your yard...