I can't believe it! Run NOT frozen!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Nicole01, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    I live in MN and we decided to plastic up the run to keep the snow out. Granted we haven't have much snow, but the outside ground is as solid as a rock. The inside run is as sandy as normal, which equals happy dirt baths! On the warmer days 20 and up, the water stays outside in the run, which never freezes! I bring it in at night. Here's our finished run, we did uncover a little more plastic for ventilation.

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    The chickens have been very happy even though there has been no free ranging due to the 3 sets of hawks(2 pair of redtail) hanging around. My neighbor recently had an attack and EVERY time she lets them out, the hawks circle above her flock.
     
  2. roxyblue

    roxyblue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey!
    we did the exact same thing with our run and I must say that the girls LOVE it! They also have restricted free range time now due to a pair of red tailed hawks that have been camping out in a oak on our property. grrrrrrr
     
  3. HoglundH

    HoglundH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Is that radio for the chickens? What do they like to listen to?
     
  4. Rosaleen

    Rosaleen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Lol.....when my hens come in at dusk the lights and radio are on...mine like the oldies station (which is also playing a lot of Christmas songs). At midnight on Christmas eve I always went out to the barn to play Silent Night on my fiddle for the horses, chickens and cats....just one of our quirky holiday traditions.
     
  5. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm trying to get them in the Christmas spirit to give more eggs as gifts to us.[​IMG]

    They greatly reduced in egg production since the days have gotten much shorter. I was getting 6-7 eggs a day and now I'm lucky to get 2, once in a while 3 in a day. Sometimes they all take the day off and no eggs are laid.
     
  6. sweetypie

    sweetypie Out Of The Brooder

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    Very nice! I will be doing the same!
     
  7. Rosaleen

    Rosaleen Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. iBoodle

    iBoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Lol.....when my hens come in at dusk the lights and radio are on...mine like the oldies station (which is also playing a lot of Christmas songs). At midnight on Christmas eve I always went out to the barn to play Silent Night on my fiddle for the horses, chickens and cats....just one of our quirky holiday traditions.

    [​IMG] That made me laugh!
     
  9. kittycooks

    kittycooks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hey, MN neighbor! I think the plastic works great too. The first year I had it too air-tight and frost built up on the inside, do keep an eye on that. My hens have stopped laying too, but they don't get music to listen too. [​IMG] I expect they will pick up laying again in January like last year. I found the sand in the run stays dry unless we have a lot of snow and thaws like last year. Fingers crossed for a milder winter this year!
     

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