When I got my first chicks last summer, it never occurred to me that our winter this year would have days and days of temperatures in the single digits with wind chills far below 0. All that I read in preparing for chicks said that they could tolerate cold temps as long as they had protection against drafts but when we began to see lows in the teens, I got a bit nervous. That was 6 weeks ago and the polar conditions at Pathfinder Farm have only gone downhill.
The chickens are undaunted! They tuck away in their coop each night and come out clucking and pecking each morning. They are happiest when it is sunny and they don’t choose to walk around in the snow much but otherwise they seem fine. They go for the dried mealworms of winter just like they went after the live grasshoppers of summer. The have also kept up great egg production. And best of all, their winter blankets are built in and don’t have to be taken off and put on every day!