It sounds like a lot of you chicken-keepers around the world are starting to deal with extreme weather conditions, whether it’s freezing up north, or heating up down under. Here in the Pacific Northwest US we are weathering our typical winter floods, and our poor little ark coop (advertised to be water-tight) doesn’t seem to be withstanding it it completely. The upper floor is becoming damp, and water is seeping through the roof, so we decided it’s time to do some more serious winter-proofing. Luckily, we were blessed with a rare dry sunny day today, so I took some time off work to do it. I pulled the coop into the sunny part of the yard, cleaned it out as best as I could with vinegar water to fight the mold, and helped the sun along by drying the insides with my hairdryer. Then I moved it back to our usual leveled out spot, filled it with fresh straw, and covered it with a newly purchased tarp, careful not to cover the ends so that the door and back ventilation holes remain open. Then I anchored the bottom with a row of bricks. Hopefully this will keep my little hens warm and dry all winter!