Cold out here today in Leavenworth County, and supposed to get to 18 degrees tonight. Keith has gone to buy another warming light for the coop side of the big henhouse. You see, we understand all the controversy around "heating or not heating" in the winter. We have always run a light on bitter nights, and we still get a certain amount of frostbite in the combs, etc.... but we feel it gives the chickens a fighting chance. We use a simple red light, as we do for keeping chicks warm. My old rooster pet, Butch, really appreciates it, and actually roosts close enough that he has burned his feathers in the past.
The only one that will not have one tonight is the little henhouse, the red house. I am going to move part of those hens tonight, the tiny ones... and we do have a light in there. I should have pulled the cord for it while Nathan was here Sunday, so he could crawl in there and connect it for me. I'll do that sometime tomorrow.
The temps are supposed to get a little higher later this week.
We had some snow flurries this afternoon, too... small, dry flakes and it did not last long.
Keith called me about 10:00 AM this morning to tell me to look outside and see the sky, which had been sunny.
The evening news has just shown a short film of heavier snow than we had in Kansas City, north.
Look who has come out of their corner in the new henhouse. I found four eggs in there this afternoon.
I'm going to move two hens from the little henhouse over there tonight, after dark.
Gertie slid between my legs when I was going in to lock the birds up, and Jackson made it very clear he did not want her in the henyards.
She finally went under the little white hutch and stood there.
She made a break for the big hen yard, and Jackson held her in one spot for a few seconds, sticking his neck out and gobbling at her. She decided it was better to come with me, than to stay in there with him. He literally chased her out, and I could not get a picture of it, because I had the egg bucket in my hands.
She came back in and laid down by her big buddy.
"I'm the good girl, aren't I, Mama?"