Well not really. Like I’ve said before I don’t make my chickens a warm breakfast every morning, like some do. That might be because I don’t even make myself a warm breakfast, but who knows. I can’t be bothered with that.
However, I do pay attention to my chickens and what they’re eating. I give them cracked corn scratch in the evening sometimes because it warms them up for the cold nights. I also give them plain yogurt (which you can see in the first picture), amongst other delish treats that help hens stay healthy and therefore produce great eggs. They’ll be 6 months in December which would be around the age a hen lays her first egg. But with the short days and cold weather, they might not lay until Feb. Chickens lay more frequently with more daylight (their ideal is about 14 hours of light). So I’m trying out the light bulb in the coop technique. We’ve thrown a 10w bulb into the coop (they don’t need a lot of extra heat…not until it’s about 20 degrees, then we’ll swap it out for a 60w). It’s incredible how much the girls loved it!
They immediately ran out from under the coop, hopped up the stairs and started exploring around.
By now (4:30pm), they would have been fast asleep on their roost. So this was a complete success! They’re still up scratching around, getting some more exercise and hopefully they will feel motivated to lay a few beauties in the next few weeks or so. We’ll turn the light off around 8pm, giving them an extra 3 1/2 hours of light for the day. Like I said, awesome chicken mother.