Chickens First Snow

We had to coax our chickens out with treats this week! For about half of our flock this is their first snow and they were Heading out in the snownot very impressed. The older chickens just walked down the ramp and out in order to get to the water but the younger ones kept pacing the ramp and then going back inside. I had some leftover baked squash and a loaf of bread that had seen better days so I tossed that out in the chicken run. They forgot all about that white stuff and demolished the treats before they realized they were outside! What a racket they made with all of their distaste for the snow! They eventually figured out that it was nothing (wait until there is three feet of the stuff!) and went about their day.

chickens in the snowThe weather is still not that bad out at the moment with nights getting in the low 20s but the days warming up to the mid to high 30s. For now we let our chickens drink the stream water but when it gets really cold (and frozen) we will start to give them warm water to drink. That not only helps them stay warm, but it helps keep egg production up.

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5 responses to “Chickens First Snow”

  1. Eliza Waters says :

    Wow, you must be pretty far north to have that much snow! Down here in MA we had a dusting, but nothing like you! Our time will come for sure πŸ˜‰

  2. Judy @ GrandparentsPlus2 says :

    You have my mind spinning about the warm water for your chickens during the cold periods. How warm do you make it and do you replace it as it gets cold or do you just take out warm in the morning? We make them hot oatmeal with craisins on really cold days. πŸ™‚ Now if ours would just get over themselves and acknowledge that they took enough time off for molting and get back to egg production we’d all be in a better mood. πŸ™‚

    • vermontfarmheart says :

      We have done a couple of things depending upon the weather. If it is sooooo cold out, we actually use one of the water heaters that get submerged in their water bucket. It doesn’t get real “warm” but keeps it well above freezing! Most days we just give them a treat of a bucket of warm water in the morning. It helps wake them up and get them moving. I’m not even going to tell them that your chickens get hot oatmeal with craisins!!!! I thought mine were spoiled enough πŸ™‚ My molting chickens finally started to look normal…just in time for this cold weather!

  3. GullringstorpGoatGal says :

    Hej from Sweden!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking a recent post. Welcome back anytime.
    Love your chickens. Ours don’t come out at all when there’s snow on the ground.

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