Good bye city life! Our family designed and built an industrial but old fashioned farmhouse on nine acres. Now we are building our homestead ~ or is it building us? Grab your boots and join us on our journey to country living.
When it started getting cold a few weeks ago, I decided to give the girls (& boy) some extra warmth. We haven't had chickens through the winter before and I didn't want any of them freezing. I know they probably wouldn't but I lost two to the heat this summer so I'm not taking any chances.
I installed a red heat lamp in one side of the coop. It seems to really help. The red light is supposed to discourage them from picking on each other. I guess with plain bulbs on 24/7 they get unhappy. The chicken wire is to keep them from getting too close to it.
Hattie preparing to add her green egg to the pile.
The bonus is that the warmer coop has increased egg production. I'm getting about 15 per day now, up from 10-12. Love that red light!