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chicken igloo

I know we have nothing on the rest of the country, but 4 inches of snow last night (and more expected tonight) is very rare for us, and not seen before by our 2 sweet hens. When it started yesterday afternoon, they were hiding in the bushes, and I ended up having to carry them across the yard to their coop when it was time for bed… there was no way they were crossing it themselves. Their little coop looks like an igloo this morning:

chicken coop covered in snow

and they seem to have no intention of leaving it so far, snuggled up together upstairs:

hens snowed in coop

My other kids, however, are very much enjoying it… and the chance to miss school today:



11 thoughts on “chicken igloo

  1. The chickens are so funny with the snow. They don’t like to walk on it, but it seems understandable since they have such skinny legs with no protective fur or anything. The wild birds out my window, don’t seem to have a problem though. Great photos. Are the children going to make a snowman???

    • Yours don’t like to walk on it either? I thought maybe it was just because mine weren’t used to it, but I’ll bet you’re right about their legs getting cold quickly. Even when it’s just frosty on the ground, they take turns standing on each foot. I was thinking about knitting them little leg warmers ;-)… but the snow is supposed to turn back to rain in a couple days, so it probably wouldn’t be worth it. The kids might make a snowman later, but so far it’s pretty powdery, so they’ve just been rolling around in it and throwing it at each other. πŸ™‚

      • The thought of leg warmers for chickens makes me smile… πŸ™‚ And then I think of trying to get them onthem…and how dirty they might get… πŸ˜‰

    • Great idea! They would have to be a pretty funny shape to fit their feet though. πŸ˜‰ And you are right, as much as the kids are happy about missing school, they are not happy about the Grandparents’ Day cancellation. We’ll make sure they get to see you soon to help make up for it.

  2. Great photos!! The chickens look very snuggly up in their coop, and the kids look like they’re having a blast. I love snow days, and wish I was there just so I could have the pleasure of being told that school is canceled!

    • Thank you! Yes, snow days are fun, but I’m also glad it’s not supposed to last very long. Having one on a Friday is quite perfect, though. Makes for a nice long weekend. πŸ™‚

    • For sure. I don’t blame them at all. In fact, I did the same thing they did today, only venturing out to defrost their water and feed them warm corn by hand. πŸ™‚

  3. Yup, can’t blame the hens for wanting to keep cozy inside! The way you describe them is adorable πŸ™‚ Around here, we don’t tend to bother with snow unless there’s at least 4″ at a time! πŸ˜› … sigh The rain will have melted it all away by now, so hope you enjoyed the white stuff while it lasted! ❀

    • Yes, my sweet hens are quite adorable. I thought it was lovely being snowed in for a few days, but they were ecstatic to finally get out in the yard again. Not sure what we would do if it lasted for months around here… we’d probably need a much bigger coop!

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