Pioneer Woman at Heart

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Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Chickens during Winter ~ Eggs

I wanted to share a clip from a newspaper that my oldest brother shared with me.  I do take out warmer water this time of year. 

I am going to try the suggestion for feeding them - lighter in the am, and heavier in the pm, and see how it goes.  I'll let you know if the egg production changes for the better.  I do believe they need a break after long summer, but having some eggs would be nice too.  We got one egg yesterday.


Sam I Am...... said...

Do you leave a light on for them? A friend up in MN doesn't get as many but they get some and they leave a light on all the time. The heavier feeding in the evening makes sense as burning the calories from the food is what keeps them warm. Don't you leave food out for them all the time? And water of course.

Kristina said...

Sam I Am, sometimes their water freezes, and I take out warm water, but they get fresh water and food daily. I do not leave a huge amount of food out there, especially in winter (too many rodents or predators to deal with).

Henny Penny said...

That is a neat article. Our hens stopped laying in October and finally, in the last week or so have given us four eggs. I sure don't like buying eggs at the grocery store after eating fresh ones from our hens.

Goatldi said...

I warm the water if it is freezing. When I make hot cereal for myself I always make extra to give the chickens on cold mornings.

Kristina said...

Henny Penny, I don't like to buy them either.

Kristina said...

Goatldi, same here too.