Getting Warmer?

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Chickens get cold too! Chickens have plenty of down feathers, but even they can start to shake when the temperatures drop. It has been very cold here. Yes, even here. I told a New Yorker on the phone yesterday how cold I was and he said, “Okay, I’ll bite…how cold is it?”  I know we shouldn’t complain- we are spoiled with plenty of warm days and sunshine! But when your chickens start shopping online at Lands End for parkas, well you get the picture.

I went out late last night to check on the girls. We have a heat lamp on them during the night, and I like to check to make sure they are all getting a piece of it. Grandma chicken likes to sit in the middle of the group- making sure she is warm on both sides. She has a bit of arthritis and can really start to hurt if she gets too chilly.  This is what I encountered:  What? What’s going on? Hey! Stop crowding me! Cluck, cluck. Stop touching me- she pushed me! Can we eat? What time is it? Did you bring crackers? Stop shoving! Can I get down from here? Did you see that? She pecked my head! Can we go in and watch t.v.? Cluck, cluck, cluck! I’d like a cup of warm water! CLUCK!

Usually chickens are quiet during the night. They have poor night vision and are naturally quiet when the sun goes down. Since the girls have a “spotlight” it was like walking in to a spend the night party! Do they make sleep masks for chickens?

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