The cold weather continues here in New England. It was -4F when I got up this morning. That is cold! There was a wind chill warning last night of temps -20F! So I am very glad that we have a coop under the stairs for my girls. It has taken some trial and error to get it right.
We started with single nesting boxes. But those were smaller than the ones up in the real coop (called Cluckingham Palace by some) so apparently it was just IMPOSSIBLE to lay eggs in such tiny things.
So my husband enlarged them. Still a bit smaller than what they are used to but they look ok to me.
Wrong. They might be ok to sleep in, but they are NO GOOD for laying eggs! There was much commotion and complaining at egg laying time! It sounds humorous but they really were quite distraught! But nature being what it is, they had to find a place. The big nesting box? No.
The small nesting box? I think NOT! That had already been decided. I offered a cardboard box, a basket and a plastic bin. ALL were rejected. I gave up and decided that they would just have to make do. It was too cold to go back to Cluckingham Palace. So I waited. After a lot more complaining and a great deal of noise, they finally settled on..
We have also added a roost for them.
So all in all life isn’t so bad. Still, they were excited to do a bit of exploring in the cellar today while I cleaned out their coop.
And so despite the bitter cold outside, life goes on at Brookwood Shire….