What's everyone doing these cold NM nights?
Anyone having frostbite problems? I noticed a couple of small black dots on 2 of my girls' combs yesterday and am worried they're not staying warm enough at night.
Any advice on water heaters? I had to break up water every day last week.
We haven't done anything special for our 6 hens. They seem to do fine. For the water I use this heater base for my galvanized waterer. It has a thermostat and is working great.
I ran a light bulb out to the chicken house, and that's it. They seem to be doing fine. For water, I stopped using their Official Chicken Waterer, because it froze solid, and now I just keep a pot full of water by the back door and change it out a few times a day.
I think that breed makes a big difference here. Our three hens are Rhode Island Reds, and known for their hardiness. What are yours?
My hens seem to be fine, although I've been feeding more corn (scratch). I read that corn helps increase body temperature.
I've also been bringing in the water at night and filling it with warm water in the morning.