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Chicken snow day

chicken tractor in the snow with hen

It snowed enough today to make the chickens and ducks choose a day in the coop instead of their normal routine.

We had a hen who kept escaping so we put her in a tractor for a week, but today seemed like the day to move her back to the flock.

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Our chickens also had a snow day today. Went to check on them this morning..."bock bock bock let us outside!" [5 seconds later] "whoa, the snow is deeper than our legs, maybe we'll just stay inside today."

Ahh, chickens.

Comment by Jake Mon Feb 16 23:01:27 2015
My hens must be part Husky. They hate being cooped up during the day, even in sub-zero temps. They stay out of the deep snow, sticking to the network of paths I've dug or trampled out in doing my chores. I wonder if I could train them to pull a sled?
Comment by doc Wed Feb 18 05:14:21 2015

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