Hello chicken lovers, It is hard times for my two girls, Peaches and Phoebe, both Rhode Island Reds, and myself...went out to check on them at 9am and had to break ice to open their doors. Found them toasty inside but not as happy as usual, normally they would be outside pecking in the grass or scratching in the dirt. With snow on the ground, however, they will not venture out. We can't help being here in cold country in northwest Ohio in December. Ug...and it is just beginning. I hope joining this group will help lift the blues. When the weather is fair I often sit in the yard with the chicks and we keep each other balanced and upbeat. They talk and talk to me and climb on my cot and peck at my clothes and often sit a spell and catch a nap. I raised them from 2 day old chicks and we've been together a year and a half now...don't know what I ever did without them since living out in the lonely country down a long lane.