Fellow Pacific Northwesterners, despite what the local newscasts would have you believe, low twenties/upper teens is actually not that cold, relatively speaking. There are huge swaths of the country (much less the planet) where this weather is considered “balmy” for December.
That being said, we’re having our annual run of chilly weather, and who likes to be that cold? When I found their waterer frozen into a solid block of ice yesterday morning, I knew it was time to deploy the heat lamp.
They enjoy it, oh yes. In fact they pretty much spend the entire day standing under the lamp. When darkness fell, I turned it so that it pointed in the open window of the coop.
The only down side to this plan is that the light obviously kept them awake. All night? It’s hard to say. I went out at about 7:30 and they were still up and about, pecking away and muttering to each other.
It’s a chicken slumber party!
I suspect this all-night lighting might throw off their systems enough that they finally stop laying for the winter. Yesterday I collected three beautiful – but very cold – eggs from the nest. I’d be sorry to see them stop laying, but I’d rather they stay cozy at night.