Well, it’s October 28th, and last night, it snowed. No, not flurries, but big, wet flakes of snow which accumulated to a depth of two inches last night.
When I went to get the chickens, I wondered if they would come outside. I wondered if they would be afraid of the snow, or if it would be so cold that they would head straight back into their coop.
What I did not wonder is if the “roof” of my run would have collapsed overnight making the run unusable.
Well, it turns out that snow does not fall through deer or bird netting but instead settles in right on top. The heavy, wet snow of last night pulled down the top of the run which had been working so well over the past week at keeping all of the chickens inside. Hmm. I’m going to need another plan.
In the meantime, I used my mittened hands to remove what snow I could and was able to resurrect about half of the run. I am hoping they do not get stuck in the netting on the other side, although I tried to arrange it in such a way that they would not, and I will be checking on them throughout the day to be sure.
As for their reaction to the snow, they did meet it with some hesitation, and after only about a minute, Lady (the black and white EE) decided she’d had enough and went back in. Most of them were picking around the yard when I left them. I wonder what they think of the snow.