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    11-21-2013, 10:32 PM
Green Broke
Mine are doing OK but I've had to plug in one of the heat lamps as well as the water bowl. The flock hasn't been interested in going outside the last few days because of the snow and cold - they seem accepting of it likely due to them being seasoned veterans of a few winters now.
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    11-22-2013, 09:56 AM
Chevaux, you've certainly got it worse than we do. We're still at the point of the year where we're cycling between freezing and thawing. I won't use a heat lamp, as we rarely get below 0F, though we do tend to settle in between 10F and 20F for most of January and February. But, I need to get the heated water bowl set up- so far, I can still get away with refilling the regular plastic waterers with hot water on cold days to keep the ice away, but I know there's not much longer until we'll be below freezing all day.

My 6 pullets haven't seen snow yet, but so far they seem relatively hardy- I think it's been good they've had these "up and down" weeks where they can get used to the colder temps. On the coldest morning, I did catch my smallest girl huddled under a bush shivering, but I got her to drink some warm water and she took off running after that. They have a new coop going into this winter, and I hope we won't see some of the frostbite problems we had last year- that old coop was terribly drafty.

I do regret that they're going to get less free ranging time as the weather is consistently colder though- I do feel that I need to be able to monitor them outside given the way I've lost a couple of my birds, and I can only stand so much cold ;)
    11-22-2013, 09:59 AM
Lovely Picts E!!!!
Your birds are georgeous!

Mine are wet and grouchy. And cold, :).
They've been enjoying the acorns I crush in the driveway, so much that they won't move for my car or come running when I start it up...

Some are molting and look absolutely despicable, so no photos from me. :)
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    11-22-2013, 10:13 AM
Originally Posted by egrogan    
How are everyone's chickens doing these days? Handling the colder weather ok?
Mine are all doing fine, and like your young ones, at least one of mine has started laying. She's not even a year old yet, and already as big as the adult hens. Big, beautiful Cochin hen. Tried to get some pictures of her, but since she's black she doesn't show up well.

Had a Rhodey hen who was under the weather for a couple of days, but I attributed that to the moult. It was really hard on the adult girls, and it took awhile for them to bounce back. The coop looked like a whole flock of chickens had been slaughtered in it with all the feathers flying around.

My fall pictures aren't as lovely as yours, but everyone's happy, healthy and FAT!
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    11-22-2013, 10:18 AM
All 6 of my "babies" are laying now- we're getting about a half dozen a day from 8 hens.

I expected my 2 older hens to molt this year, as I've not seen them go through one in the year they've been with me, but I really never saw them "get naked." Maybe next year?
    11-22-2013, 10:33 AM
Ha ha Speed!
It looks like a war zone around here too. I get anxious every time I go to the coop expecting to miss birds or see necked ones, there are feathers... EVERYWHERE.
I had company the other day and had to apologize for my mangy flock. I swore they weren't diseased zombie chickens but don't think anyone believed me...

My spring hatch is lovely though, I'm loving the Australorps in particular. Frendliest birds I have yet their heads look vultureish... Kinda spooky.
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    11-22-2013, 10:37 AM
I'm getting one to four eggs a day, depending. I know the black Cochin is laying every day, but some of the older girls aren't and the two younger Orp hens haven't yet started.

Since my fall coop pics weren't very picturesque, here are a few from around the property.
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    11-22-2013, 12:41 PM
Gorgeous, Speed! I'm staring out the window at a drizzly, grey, foggy day, and wishing I had sunshine and pretty leaves on the trees. I usually really like the winter in New England, but this year I'm sort of dreading it for some reason...
    11-22-2013, 01:06 PM
Green Broke
I do regret that they're going to get less free ranging time as the weather is consistently colder though- I do feel that I need to be able to monitor them outside given the way I've lost a couple of my birds, and I can only stand so much cold ;)[/QUOTE]

I watch my flock close during the winter season as well - partly because I don't want anyone inadvertently left out in the cold over night and partly because predators are on the move now looking for meals.

I have grand plans for a new coop next year - the current one is old and broken and just seems impossible to get insulated properly (hence the need for two heat lamps during the hard part of the winter). We really want to try going solar with it and put a panel on the roof with a little battery room inside. Anyway, part of this plan includes a "solarium" attached to the coop so the flock can at least get in there on a sunny winter's day and lounge about. It would just be essentially a little closed in run made out of clear ridged plastic (the style is meant to partner with metal siding for building construction as passive lighting) with wood frame but no insulation. If money is short and we have to make a decision, I'm going to keep the solarium and let the solar go.
    11-22-2013, 02:05 PM
Speed, those pics are beautiful!

Someone should bundle up their chickens in little sweaters and scarves, and take a picture just for me <3

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