My wife an I make most of the bread we eat. She makes a traditional bread and sour dough, I make fast rising and Italian bread. She asked me to write down what I do. I don’t use recipe, and her sister likes my bread. This is what I wrote up. After she stopped laughing she said “So I’m thinking this is why engineers don’t write a lot of cook books.”
Not silly at all. They are cold tolerant birds and the coop is small, but it has to be ventilated, so it gets cold. I went with a heat lamp. The red light you see in the christmas lighting picture is the heat lamp. It’s mounted high in the coop with a guard and set up on a Christmas light timer. I can change the timing but I try to light it often enough that the water does not freeze and the coop stays nice and dry. I was told to use a red light so as not to over stimulate the chickens. If it’s around 10 degrees the light runs every 2 hours for 30 min, but at freezing it really only runs about 3 hours a day.
This is our first winter with chickens. Everyone is adapting well, and having fun with it. Even the chickens seem to be coming to terms with the snow. We are actually still getting a good number of eggs to spite the dark and cold… I love my little flock.😊