Our backyard flock has been taking it easy this winter. They have been enjoying a mild winter and took a break from laying eggs. Florence, our Rhode Island Red, and Maude, our Brahma, decided there was enough natural light to start laying again. Since then, the two girls have been giving us an egg or two a day.

Pearl, on the other hand, is not ready to go back to work. She is our oldest hen, an Arucana or Americana, and we guess she is around six now. Last year she laid from around March-August, so we expect her to take another month or two before those blue-green eggs join the others in the egg bowl.

I was getting concerned last week when the mild winter weather decided to take a turn. We got a few days of light snow and the temperature hovered around the teens one night. Every chicken-keeper has their own “code” or sorts on where their breaking point is on bringing the flock into a warmer spot. Knowing they have pretty heavy winter coats, we left them in the coop with some extra straw to nestle in during the day.

They don’t seem phased by the cold snap and egg production didn’t take a break either. We kept a close eye on them for any signs of frost bite, which we didn’t find. We also refilled their water twice a day, as it kept freezing.

The chickens might get some new roommates in the backyard soon, but that’s another post for another day!

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Written by Renee Wilkinson