Well, they're just fine -- in fact, they don't seem to be bothered by the increasing cold at all.
|Mostly Black Austrolorps...but here are the bully Rhode Island Reds, getting their share|
Although the freezing ground does interfere with all those refreshing dust baths.
They do seem to be easing back on the eggs, which is sad.
Notice the clever feeder-hanger-upper. The Brick came up with that, with leftovers from our roofing pipe.
We do have a heater in the water, so they can have refreshing sips with their refreshing dustbaths. (This do-it-yourself heater would work, if we didn't have one already.)
We also keep a lightbulb going -- they need at least 12 hours of light to be stimulated to lay regularly -- and a heating bulb.
Now if they'd only kick out some more eggs. C'mon chickies, you can do it!