That’s one thing you never have to worry about when you live in southwest Louisiana. But, truth is . . I don’t live in southwest Louisiana . . ‘cuz all the wishing in the world doesn’t make it happen. In southwest Missouri, we definitely have to think about winter. This weekend we removed the water hoses from the faucets (learned that lesson in Kentucky!), brought in the plants I want to try to save . . that’s about all I did. Vince did more but I wasn’t watching. There was a 5 gallon bucket sitting outside and it had probably 6 inches of water in it and it was frozen completely across the top this morning. I sure didn’t know it was going to freeze last night.
One thing we’ve never had to do before is . . winterize the chicken coop!
This “window” that’s open is actually a vent with wire over it. The problem is that when it’s open like this, the rain water runs off the roof, hits the flap thing and drains into the coop so Vince had taken the flap off but today he put it back on. We’ll put it down and almost close it . . leave it open a couple of inches to vent the coop during the winter.
Windows are closed.
Inside’s all nice and clean. Well, as clean as it gets. The old straw and droppings get cleaned out every weekend. Fresh straw gets put in. The chickens love it. They’re feast on innocent little bugs/spiders that have taken up residence in the straw bales.
It will be a little trial and error to see how we’re going to keep their water from freezing. We can run power inside the coop and use a heated pad to keep the water from freezing inside but I’m not quite sure what we’re going to do in the run . . probably take out lots of fresh water and pray real hard that we don’t have a lot of ice this winter.
Maybe I should have been happy to let the chickens live inside the basement! 🙂 No!! Never! I’ll deal with the ice and snow . . somehow.