Our return from a week long vacation in Orlanda, FL was greeted with the first two eggs from our girls! They had excellent care from their two new “godparents” David and Julie. I left plenty of water and food for the chickens so we asked D&J to lower and raise the ramp each day and maybe give them a sprinkle of oatmeal, and that was supposed to be it.
What none of us expected was the blast of cold air from the north that brought below freezing weather with freezing rain to Raleigh. I woke up in the middle of the night on Thursday worried that the water would freeze in their waterers. How horrible would I have felt if they had died of dehydration? I couldn’t get back to sleep.
Friday we get a call telling us that the water had indeed frozen asking us what they should do. We walked them through how the bucket and nipple waterers work (love those things!) and how to check them. Julie went out Friday evening braving freezing rain to put a bowl of water in the roost for them, just in case. David refilled the bucket and put it back in the coop the next morning.
Saturday morning there were two eggs in the nest box next to the bowl of water Julie left for them! Coincidence or a chicken’s way of saying Thank You?
Now I’m curious, will D&J become backyard chickeneers or have we scared them off?? Either way, they rock for taking such care of our girls!
Update: We are now up to 5 eggs since Friday! Everybody appears to be pulling her own weight! 🙂