|Straw bales come apart in these cool sections called "flakes" which are perfect to simply throw in the coop and let the chickens scratch apart!|
|This is a view from inside the coop with a partial wind break...|
|Here is the same view with the full wind break. |
It doesn't look like much, but it makes a huge difference!
Since it's still so warm out, all that's been done so far is the building of the wind break. While I was at that, I threw down some new straw in their run. The poor ladies are molting, so I thought I'd cheer them up with some new flooring/bedding and a bunch of scratch :-)
WARNING: Chickens are...well...chicken. Take care when throwing down your "flakes"! If you scare a chicken in the process, she just might take flight and wind up on your head, flapping wildly. True story. It's terrifying, and not just for the chicken.
I have been asked if we use a lamp in their coop to keep them producing eggs throughout the winter. The answer to this question is no. We decided when we first got the Ladies that we would let them run their natural cycles.
What do you do to prepare your chickens for the winter months?