Today we wrapped the run in plastic in hopes of creating a bit of a warm solarium for the chickens and to give them protection from the winter wind. This will also keep the snow from drifting in and mucking up the sand in the run. Seems pretty cozy already. All they need now is a hot tub! Pampered chickens for sure!
The girls were a bit freaked out at first and wanted nothing to do with being in the run but soon they found that it wasn't that scary. They then discovered that some green goodies got trapped between the plastic and the hardware cloth and had to gobble up all they could.
We also added a homemade water heater to keep their water from freezing in really cold weather. It was super easy to make. My 12 year old son made it in less than 15 minutes. We haven't had to plug it in yet because the temperature inside the coop has not gone lower than 31 degrees and we haven't had to deal with frozen water. It's simply made from an old cookie tin (Thank you fellow Freecylcer) and a lamp assembly bought at the hardware store for about $7. Add a 40 watt bulb and you've got enough heat to keep the water from freezing.