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MaryHelen and Dee Landergren live just north of Boston, where their chickens seem to be thriving in the aftermath the recent Nor'easter.  Dee explained that, despite 21 inches of fluffy snow, their polycarbonate winter run provided plenty of play space for the flock.  "Temp outside never got above 14F, but the inside of the run reached 36F, enough to melt most of the snow."

Chickens eating oatmeal

MaryHelen chimed in to show how her flock enjoyed an oatmeal treat.  "What?  No apples in our oatmeal this time?" one hen seemed to be saying. "I think Val took two gulps of oatmeal so let's dive in now before she hogs it all --- enough of her; my turn!" cackled another.  "I can't see anything up your nose, Quinn.  Are you sure you can
feel something?" a third hen replied.

Heat tape chicken watererOn a more serious note, Dee explained: "The last picture is tough to see, but I wanted to show that the waterer I made out of PVC wrapped in heat tape, was still working at the nipple, but freezing into a stalagmite before the hens' dribbling could reach the sand (single digits for several days)."  (You can see other heated PVC pipe waterer here and here.)

Dee concluded:

"Today was in the 40s so all the snow is gone and the chickens have been out in the small, real, outdoor run.  Maybe tomorrow we'll let them in to the larger grazing area."


If Dee and MaryHelen can keep such happy  winter chickens in Massachusetts, the rest of us should be able to follow suit!



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Comment by Anonymous Sunday afternoon, January 19th, 2014
LOVE this coop - a real coup for the chickens!!!!
Comment by Mary Sunday afternoon, January 19th, 2014
Like, I'm the neighbor.
Comment by Anonymous Sunday afternoon, January 19th, 2014
What happy chickens! They look no worse for the wear in the middle of this cold New England winter. Nice work Dee and Mel!
Comment by Anonymous Sunday afternoon, January 19th, 2014
Inventive modifications keep hens happy while humans are challenged by extremely frigid temps this January!!! Well done, Dee and Mary Helen.🐔
Comment by Dede Johnson at teatime on Sunday, January 19th, 2014
DEE AND MARY HELEN DID NOT BUILD A COOP IT IS A CHICKEN ESTATE.IF I WAS A CHICKEN THAT IS WHERE I WOULD WANT TO LIVE.
Comment by TOM AND BARB late Sunday afternoon, January 19th, 2014
AWESOME ... LIKE.... GREAT PHOTOS
Comment by MARY BENHAM late Sunday evening, January 19th, 2014
Like!!
Comment by Eva Cheung at midnight, January 20th, 2014
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Comment by Anonymous at midnight, January 20th, 2014
It has been so much fun to watch the Chicken Coop Project and see all the enhancements they have made to keep their chicks happy and healthy!
Comment by Nancy Silva mid-morning Monday, January 20th, 2014
Like, great work!
Comment by Anonymous at lunch time on Monday, January 20th, 2014
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Comment by Laura Monday night, January 20th, 2014
LIKE! Great job Mum and Dad -- the eggs are delicious. Love, Kip
Comment by Kip Landergren Monday night, January 20th, 2014
Looks great!
Comment by Laura early Tuesday morning, January 21st, 2014

This is a fantastic story. I learned a lot by reading it. Like it very much!

Comment by Sarah Cheung mid-morning Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
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Comment by Jonathan Wednesday afternoon, January 22nd, 2014
Great article and pictures!!
Comment by Betsy late Thursday afternoon, January 23rd, 2014
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Comment by Lois Betti at lunch time on Friday, January 24th, 2014

Best built chicken coop and best fed chickens in MA.

Toni and Dennis

Comment by Anonymous Saturday afternoon, January 25th, 2014






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