We awoke to snow this morning. Not deep snow, just a few inches. But it was a wet, crusty snow. It was lovely the way it clung to the tree branches.
But it was not so good for the run.
The snow laden netting hung very low and some of the poles were tilting very precariously. The netting had already been sagging in places where fallen leaves had collected, but this was much worse.
The netting here is actually touching the ground, Frozen to it I discovered when I tried to straighten one of the poles.
It was always intended to be a temporary run. I knew it wouldn’t stand up to snow, but I have not yet taken it down because the girls still go out some and they love it. Next year we will make them a more permanent run, but I fear their days in this one are numbered. For the record, they did go out for awhile this morning and pecked at snow clinging to the fence and seemed to be quite content. But I just don’t think it is really safe any more. They will have to make do with the small run for now.
Since it has gotten colder, they spend most of the day in the coop anyway. It is much cozier in there. They roost (in between treats) until bedtime and then they go up into the nesting box.
Prudence and Amber have gotten there first tonight.
Brianna is making her way there. She sometimes stays in this nesting box, but with the colder weather I like them to be all together. Beatrix is never sure if they will let her in. Poor Beatrix. She is an Americauna, an Easter Egger, and they develop very slowly. She is bottom of the pecking order and has been from day one. The others are not always nice to her. Even now with only 4 hens I think she is still number 5. But she manages and she knows I will come and put her in with the others.
And as promised..this is for you Laura…
“Good night, girls!”