Spring Chickens - We survived winter!

CityChook

Songster
11 Years
Apr 9, 2008
1,719
20
184
Minneapolis, MN
My Coop
You know it's tough when you're walking to your car and thinking, "Hmmmm, it feels like it's warming up...." only to check the temp and find that it's 11!! It's all in the perspective, I suppose. That was only 2 days ago...

Buuuuuttttt, currently the sun is out and it's 45 outside. My chookies are roaming the back yard, finding patches of grass through the snow, and scratching/pecking the frozen turf for all it's worth. Not very productive, but I think they're just so thankful to be outside their prison walls....

It has been my first winter with chickens - heck ANY outside pet - and we made it. We survived -25F, weeks were it didn't even get to 0 for a daytime high and 5 months of general winter cold, but I think the Spring Thaw is just around the corner. It's warming up enough to start snowing, but at least it won't last long at this point. No frostbite, some feather picking and everybody kept laying consistently, even tho we didn't supplement with light.

Not meaning to brag, but I'm just in heaven right now!! Happy Spring Everybody!!
 

TXmom

Songster
11 Years
Dec 3, 2008
1,505
12
161
Sealy, TX (West Houston area)
Isn't it funny... It's 45 here today, and we are bundled up...the chickens are locked up tight in the coop with a heat lamp. Brrrrrrr it's cold! In a couple of days it'll be in the upper 70's and we'll feel much better then...
 

momofdrew

Songster
11 Years
Aug 8, 2008
999
2
139
Rochester,New Hampshire
It all depends on what you are used to...It is almost 50 today and I have been running out to the coop with boots and no jacket Spring is in ONE WEEK
I can hardly wait and I know my birds will love the delicious grasses as soon as the snow melts...I put my babies out into the coop today...
 

CityChook

Songster
11 Years
Apr 9, 2008
1,719
20
184
Minneapolis, MN
My Coop
TXMom, while running errands this morning, my kids asked me to open the sunroof and it was only 40. Like I said, it's all in the perspective!!

PS - I dream of 70 degrees...
 
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TXmom

Songster
11 Years
Dec 3, 2008
1,505
12
161
Sealy, TX (West Houston area)
Yep, perspective is everything, but I am definitely ready for spring and 80 degrees. We had a taste of that last week and then this cold front came through. But this coming week...Spring Break for my kids...is going to be very pleasant and we look forward to doing some outdoor things. I've never had a garden, but I want to start planting just a few things this year. I'm going to plant Sunflowers, Tomatoes and Swiss Chard...mostly for my chicks.
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
28,906
239
421
SW Arkansas
My chickens didn't mind the cold of winter and were out in it every single day. I started to keep them in during an ice storm, but they complained so much I gave in and let them out.
They've been walking around soaking wet for the past four days. I don't think they care if it warms up or not, but I'm sure they'd appreciate some sunshine - so would I.
 

wolfie

Songster
10 Years
Mar 2, 2009
247
0
119
Fort Worth
Hello Spring
Goodbye Winter
I agree with TXmom it is cold now even with a sweater come on sun heat things up
 

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