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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Hokum Coco, Nov 25, 2013.
WSW 19 gust 33 mph
Wind Chill: 4
You've sent some of your cold air down here. Temps in the mid twenties with wind chills way lower. Providing fresh water twice daily. No heat - No Light - No Problems. Yesterday the dogs were reluctant to leave there hay filled sleeping boxes. Today they are all out and about. Birds are like, "Hey, we're wearing down comforters."
Yeah, same around here, however *I* had a problem i am dressed up like the Pillsbury dough boy! My big girls some are in molt and not chosen to venture out but they get the option, they seem fine otherwise though.
Bit of a reprieve today, with a high of 32F expected!
Yep, I too have a problem - these old bones ache in the cold. All those years of running around with wet feet and hands have caught up with ne. Mom warned me long ago that this would happen.
You are the poster boy for no heat, no light, no problems...and, I am quickly learning that too in the beginning of my first winter here in Pennsylvania with chickens. We've had an unusual cold snap the past week or so with temps a few nights going down to the very low teens and days in the mid 20's. My chickens seem to not even notice. I'm still getting plenty of eggs, although not as many as when we had 14+ hours of light. Today we had our first dusting of snow, and it's still snowing now, and my chickens are out pecking in their run.
@ Moon shadows:
My hens are working on their 4 trip around the sun. My egg production has fallen off. I used to get an egg a day from the girls. The last few days my 10 girls are just giving me one egg a day. If I gave them extra light my production would probably increase but for me it is not worth the bother. I find the Mrs. and I eat more waffles and pancakes when egg production is down. We just can not go back to supermarket eggs. In a perfect world I should change out my flock. Alas! Grand kids who like our chickens & checking for eggs even if there is none to bring in..
I probably will keep them over the winter for their manure. This spring I am thinking it may be time for chicken stews, extra protein for our cat, and some day old sex link chicks.
Through this summer 6 eggs a day was tops. They are long in the tooth shall we say. Plus the grand kids have given them names (I hope there is never a test for I will fail miserably). I am hopping the new additions will take the lime light away from the older flock as another one turns up missing from week to week.
Way back when times were lean, non laying hens were Sunday dinner. Yep, grew up blue collar poor. Funny thing is I never knew that. We were happy.