|Frostbitten wattles and comb|
During the winter months, chickens can become prone to frostbite. Frostbite can occur on combs, wattles and even their feet. Chickens with larger combs and wattles often are the most susceptible. Cold hardy breeds, such as Wyandottes, Orpingtons, Australorps, and Silkies tend to have smaller combs. During colder weather, most chickens will poof out and poof up their head feathers and you will notice that their combs become almost entirely covered by their feathers. Chickens will also naturally roost in the evening. When roosting, the chicken’s body will cover their feet and toes, keeping them warm from the cold winter air. These are two ways that chickens’ bodies help to prevent frostbite. Yet, sometimes breeds succumb to frostbite for other reasons.
|One of our garden birdhouses iced over.|
I love this chicken rug! I think it would be so sweet greeting folks at the front door or near the kitchen sink.
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|Last, week the hives were covered in snow.|
Earlier this week I went to our monthly local beekeeper’s meeting. As always, it is so wonderful connecting with folks, checking in with them and hearing updates about their lives and the bees. Over the course, of chatting, I quickly learned that many folks had already lost their hives and were busy ordering nucs and packages to replace their lost colonies in the spring. As the temperatures were expected to warm up this week, I decided that I needed to take a peek into my hives sooner than later. Peeking at beehives in winter can be tricky.