No worries about nutritious snacks however. In this picture they are fighting over Audrey's left over toast from this morning. We through in leftover grains and vegetables for them as well as fresh hay to munch on. A They love to spend the day pecking at a nice organic cabbage.
The bedding in the coop is now about 18 inches high. It is a perfect mix of carbon and nitrogen. Did you know that if you mix the two properly (poop with wood shavings), it actually COMPOSTS!!! Do you know what that means??? It means the composting bedding CREATES heat from the ground up, AND it does not smell in my coop. In the spring, I plan on bagging this stuff as it will do wonders for your garden.
The chickens also spend their time scratching it and eating any bugs that may feel like emerging. It is so clean in my coop now, you could eat lunch here. Seriously.
That red heat lamp is for when the temperatures drop to -10C. It helps keep the water from freezing, and brings the temps in the coop up a few notches. If the girls are spending most of their time conserving heat their egg production drops. Frankly, I think it is just more humane that way as well. The white light was substituting for our window until we could get the new one in. It was almost pitch black in the coop without it. Artificial light is good but certainly not as nice as the real thing.
So needless to say I have cooped up but happy chickens right now. I am learning a TON about SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE. I can't wait to show you what crazy things we are going to be doing in the spring with the meat chickens.
Who says this farming thing can't be fun.