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 not 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.
The 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.