About a month ago one of our chickens died. We don’t know how or why. We just found him in the coop. It was very sad. We were worried that he had froze to death since we have been having below freezing temperatures for about 8 weeks now.
We weren’t getting any eggs at all for about 2 weeks. We heard that chickens don’t lay when the days get shorter. So we chalked it up to that.
We decided we want to prevent that from happening again. We purchased a water heater to go under their water so that it won’t freeze. We put a heat lamp in the run and another one in the coop.
We have also been feeding them our leftover vegetables from dinner. They have been eating our leftover pumpkins from Halloween too. I heard that the pumpkins prevent worms and are very healthy for the chickens. Plus they love them.
Since making all these changes we are back to getting 4 eggs or so a day. (one per chicken)
We have really enjoyed having chickens and the eggs are delicious. When we go out of town, our neighbors take care of them and we let them keep all the eggs. The day to day things that need to be done are things like filling up their food and water and checking for eggs. We have a big enough food and water container that they each last for a few days.
Having chickens have proved to be more expensive than I originally thought. Not to bad though.