Chickens in the Snow

I had a comment about chickens in the snow on my last post that inspired me to share about my snow dare devils. I know most chickens will avoid the snow and not even think about going out in it. I have a couple of chickens who take the risks even in the 3 feet of snow they had to get out…

white chicken

And take a look around…

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And get stuck…

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Chase saw this one was stuck and decided to help her out…

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I guess it freaked out the chicken and she tried to get out of the snow as quick as she could…

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So we do have a few chickens who will risk frost bite to explore, but usually they go back in quickly and we usually don’t let them out to protect their feet, wattles, and crown. But when they have been cooped up for a day or two we open the door for them to be able to get out if they want as long as it isn’t too cold or windy. But usually only a couple take us up on it. So today while it is still overcast and windy; after this ice and snow they will stay in and stay warm.

What do you do with your chickens in the snow, bad winds, ice, etc.?

 

 

Snow Chickens

Yesterday it snowed quite a bit and today the ice and icy rain is making everything a slick mess. The dogs were slipping and sliding all around like they were on a ice rink. It made me feel bad they were slipping, but it was cute to see them try to stay upright. The chickens are staying in their coop/run again today. They have a flock block, food, hay, and water…

They started to flock ;)as soon as I put the block down.

They started to flock 😉 as soon as I put the block down.

They get all sorts of treats when there is bad weather to keep them busy and keep them from getting bored. So the flock blocks are a rare treat but has the ability to keep them all busy. They especially like it on top of hay they can scratch in as well.

Even our hurt girl got in n the action (she is the one in the middle here).

Even our hurt girl got in on the action (she is the one in the middle here).

One of our New Hampshire’s was looking at the other girls pigging out for a while, before she finally joined in and had some.

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At least on a yucky day you can still get some entrainment from your flock of chickens. another perk besides the fresh eggs. 🙂