While we made great progress on prepping the plot for planting the meteorologists had different plans for us. Like usually happens every spring on the prairie, we had a significant wet snow storm that covered everything with about a foot of snow! Since we didn’t have anything planted the only crisis we had was dealing with the chicken run. Since we have 1/2 inch wire cloth on the sides and 2 X 4 inch fencing across the top. It does not readily allow snow to pass through and quickly holds it, creating a lot of build up. It almost creates an igloo style insulation. Since we work away from home we get up early to feed and water the chickens and open the chicken door into the run.This morning we had to get up earlier to shovel a space for the chickens to walk. After shoveling we lay down hay to keep their feet from freezing.
Luckily snow does not last long here so we should be back working on the plot soon.
Yesterday we had a blizzard and the snow was so wet it actually stuck on top of the 2X4 inch farm fence stretched over the top of chicken run. I wish I could have taken a picture of the 4 inches of snow on top of this roof, but we took care of it at 4:30 AM when there wasn’t enough light to get a photo.
The SCH40 conduit is currently being used support the roof, but wasn’t strong enough for the weight. It was like walking into an ice cave that luckily didn’t collapse on us. We carefully popped up the wire with snow shovels to release the snow but one section on the upslope bent and pulled apart. A couple pieces of wood are now added for additional support until a long term solution can be found. We need to keep a roof due to the hawks that regularily patrol our property.
Replacing the SCH40 conduit with metal is our first priority. Then we plan to create a porch on the upslope to the coop to give more protection from the weather and a dry area for the hens to stand outside during rain or snow.
This was our first winter with the chickens so we count ourselves lucky this was the worst thing that happened all season. We are coming up on spring so hopefully we won’t have another blizzard until we finish the upgrades.