Galvanize: FOWC with Fandango

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We walked out to the coop. The heater had been left on for the chickens but with the winds making it feel like 10 below zero, the heater almost was a waste. I tried the door. Frozen shut. This was when I had to trudge back to the garage and look for any metal item I could get to jam in the door and pry it open.

With the door finally pried open, the darkness hid the hens. As my eyes adjusted to the darkness I saw that no hens had perished in the cold, they huddled together to keep warm and alive. I moved to fill their feed bin with food and turned to check the water. The galvanized waterer was situated on a hot plate to supposedly keep the water from freezing. I suppose it worked because there was water in the trough for them, except that was frozen from the cold air. This was my only issue with keeping the flock, keeping water defrosted in winter.

*based on true events

©2020 CBialczak Fiction

8 thoughts on “Galvanize: FOWC with Fandango

  1. Interesting piece. We consumers never realise the trials and strife suffered by those who have to produce for us. This is the perfect example, I never would have guess you have to have heater and special troughs to keep the chickens safe for the winter.

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      1. Yeah I can see that. Winter makes it really tough. We have Buzzards, kestrels, sparrow hawks, Marsh Harrier, Black Kites and a few owls here. I love to see the birds of prey. They don’t care what they dine on though do they.

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  2. Always an issue with chickens in the winter. One solution is to bring in the water at night. Since chickens roost during the night, they don’t need the water. Just bring it out each morning and take it in at night.

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