Winter storms change chicken habitat
I was glad that I'd not
the chickens with greenery, but also refreshed the deep
bedding, because the third week in January was not a good time for
chickens to play outdoors. First we had an endless cold rain that
flood nearly at the 100-year flood mark (and nearly reaching the
chicken coop). Next, eight inches of wet snow fell in a couple of
hours and knocked
out our power.
Our chickens' usual hunting grounds became a snowy, flooded swamp.
Although our rooster did lead
his ladies outside during breaks in the rain, once the frozen flakes
started hitting the ground, he threw in the towel and gave the hens the
rest of the week off. They kept laying, but stayed inside,
pecking through the debris on the floor of the coop.
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