This morning, I made the effort to take care of the lovely chickens, who are still giving us a few eggs every day despite lack of light, lots of snow, and below-freezing temperatures. Their pasture has been completely covered over with ice and snow for at least a couple weeks now (today's clouds and 40 mile per hour wind gusts certainly aren't helping the matter), so they've spent a lot of time in their barn these days. Time to fluff up their nest!
I added a new layer of pine shavings to the barn floor to freshen things up a bit. This will also help a little with warming the barn, as the layers beneath continue to decompose and give off heat. I bet it feels nice on their little chicken feet, too, like sinking into a new fluffy rug.
The nest boxes got filled with new hay.
I also put a hay on the ground in their outdoor run, which gets them scratching around and exercising outdoors.
And for a little post-Christmas treat, they indulged in my nephew's hardened gingerbread house, which he kindly gifted to them when he visited recently.
Which was promptly followed by a big healthy salad. (Because that balances it out, right?)
Tonight, when they're all tucked in, I'll give them the spa treatment: I've started putting petroleum jelly on their combs (going to try homemade non-petroleum jelly once this jar is finished up) since some of them appear to have a bit of frostbite. I've read mixed reviews as to whether this makes any difference, and I'm really not sure myself. Any tips you care to share are greatly appreciated.