|Hello Pookie, May I take your photo.|
|Enjoy this while you can my ladies!|
|Look pretty for the camera ladies!|
|Yes Jade, I'm still taking photos.|
|HEY! What do you mean just ignore her and maybe she'll just go away??|
I cannot begin to tell you how nervous this makes us! But we are going to trust the experts.
What chickens do need is a draft free coop, plenty of fresh water, and extra food as they expend extra calories staying warm.
So our first order of business...how to keep the water from freezing!
To the Google!!
We found a widely used method of keeping water from freezing is to run power to the coop (gotta love the man who will climb under the coop to run power to keep water thawed for your chickens!!)...
attach to a light socket...
we set ours on a ceramic tile...insert a 60 watt light bulb...
set a cinder block over the socket...
cover with a terra cotta pot base...
set waterer inside pot base...turn the light on and VOILA! Just enough heat to keep the water from freezing. We hope! Again, we're counting on the experts here.
Step one of winterizing the coop...done! Whoop whoop!!
Now to collect a handful of these and plan step two.