I must say that when I decided to follow Robert Plamondon’s advice on open-air chicken housing, it was with some reservations. The health benefits to the birds for the improved ventilation are quite obvious, but it seems the health detriments to them in cold weather are equally so. Well, it seems I have no cause for concern. Last night the temperature dropped to 12° and our birds were fine in the morning. Robin shot this picture of the little chicken mafia in the afternoon, still below freezing.
When I let them out this morning, there were 4 well-chilled eggs waiting for me, and 11 very thirsty birds. We don’t have a water heater, so the ritual each morning is to thaw out the chicken waterer and refill it. Then they all do their best at emptying the thing. I will be very glad when the weather gets warmer around here. Winter in Oregon is not supposed to be frost-bite inducing.