Well the chickens survived the first snow storm of the year. Lucky too because somehow, sometime the cord to the heat lamp that runs to the coop got unplugged. I panicked when I noticed it early yesterday morning. The wind chills were near 30 below. I ran out to check on them and thankfully they were all ok.
The water of course was frozen. I just purchased a new waterer that has a heated base but with no electricity to the coop it obviously wasn't working. I brought it in the house and let it thaw and took it back out to them and they were definitely thirsty.
Today I introduced them to Scratch. I bought a bag the other day from Tractor Supply. I heard it is good to give them in the winter. I put some in a dish today and they went crazy for it. Anyone else use this? How much do you give your birds and how often? I just gave them about 2-3 cups and it didn't last long.
Yesterday I got 7 eggs and today I got 8. Even in this cold weather they are doing a wonderful job of providing our family with breakfast each morning.