Fighting chicken boredom
We are finally getting a long cold snap. Luckily we are going to miss the snow dump but I think its 6 days of cold. My chickens have become spoiled this winter so I figured I need to go the extra mile to keep them happy.
All outdoor animals have been deep mulched to hold in warmth. Waterers have been filled and placed in a place when they hopefully will not freeze. I also put plastic on a few of my screen runs for them to stay warmer.
But my chickens are bored. I can tell - they are giving me the evil eye. So I just came back from one of our stores hoping fora veggie deal. I found lettuce about to be tossed, so for $1 I bought 10. (one may stay in the house) They are hung up high and hanging from the rafters from baling twine. I expect a very competitive game of lettuce volleyball to be starting soon. I also hid apple pieces and a few other snacks in their hay to keep give them a game of hide a go seek.
Later this week if the cold continues or they look distressed they will have a warm bowl of oatmeal. I am also feeding them a bit of corn to keep their body heat up. I normally only use corn for bribery purposes.