Leopold doesn't mind the cold, but he can't take the bitter cold. He spent most of January in the coop, refusing to come out until late last week when the temp finally got over 15F. I was happy to see him outside and surprised at how much he had grown.
I looked at his comb and feet for signs of frostbite but didn't see any. He is a handsome fellow and much larger than the girls.
They all came outside to enjoy the sun while it was "warmer". I put down the straw from the sheep's feed "sleep" bowl as they wouldn't eat from it anymore. The chickens and Guineas loved rooting about in the hay.
The hay kept the chickens feet warmer than the snow, notice the "The snow makes my feet cold!" pose.
Even when Leopold stays inside I can lure the girls out with daily rations of pasta and yogurt or sour cream. Note the girl on the right with sour cream all over her head.
The temps dropped back to -2F today so the chickens and Guineas are back to staying warm in the coop, but it can't be too long before "warmer" weather returns.
I am an Ocicat. My duties include; security (rodents), counter intelligence (predators), infiltration (sneaking) and night surveillance.
I live in NE Minnesota on 10 wooded acres with; my best friend Mocha, three dogs, chickens, Guinea Hens, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Cascade Sheep, Icelandic sheep, and a few humans.
When we moved here it was completely wooded, our plan is to turn this property into a working homestead.