Thursday, December 20, 2012

These Chickens...

...Are not the smoothest eggs in the carton. Not too bright, these ladies. Betty (on the left) has decided that now would be a good time to go into a full blown molt. Mid-Winter. With a cold snap just starting. So, I decided I would hook up the heat lamp to come on at night and give her the warmth her feathers would have otherwise been giving her. But with the heat lamp on, the chickens refuse to go into the coop. So I shut it off, wait until they are inside, then turn it on. But they hate it and escape. So fine! No heat lamp! I will lock them in with it when it gets really cold, but for now, they can just cope. Which they seem to do just fine. They are amazingly cold hardy, these birds. They are protected from snow and wind and frozen ground inside their run, and their coop is insulated so they will be fine. I just wish we were getting eggs from the little rascals, but since Betty has started moulting we are on a break (Honeychile' hasn't given us any eggs since last Spring! Her purpose is as a companion bird right now, but her days are numbered, as I have a very exciting Christmas present on the way!)

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