To give you a hint as to where this post is going, I will tell you that the alternate title was “Chicken lady stares down impending Winter”.
The weather was still well and truly warm when I started formulating my Winter plans for the ladies and their coop. As with most things research based (read - Internet) the sheer amount of opinions on the subject is mind-numbing. Paralysis by analysis is a thing. I know this. So I chose one source of Internet info (Fresh Eggs Daily) and filled in the blanks with actual conversations with folks I know and trust.
(PS Thank you everyone who has indulged me in my seemingly endless list of questions as I work towards the right to call myself a Chicken Lady.)
In a nutshell, here is the plan:
*Straw bales stacked on the North and West side walls
*The addition of a storm door to block winds that blow at or below roost level
*The addition of plastic to all sides of the run to block wind, rain and snow from the run
*Deep bedding method
And….a Tomten - secret guardian of all animals and children of the farm according to Scandinavian lore.
This guy was here when we moved in. And he will stay on, guarding our homestead at night.
“Then on small silent feet the Tomten goes to the chicken house, and the chickens cluck contentedly when he comes. He talks to them in tomten language, a silent little language chickens understand. “Lay me an egg, my jolly chickens, and I will give you corn to eat”.
And with that, we enter the cold and dark days ahead as prepared as we can be.