A Few Goofy Ideas:

It’s winter and there is not much going on.

I am bored and so are the chickens.

bored

 So I made them a ‘treat’ to keep them occupied during these cold damp days when they prefer to stay huddled in the coop.  I used my suet hanger.   I put several slices of a yummy whole grain-cranberry-walnut bread inside and I sandwiched in slices of deli turkey that I had in my fridge.  I think they will like the combination of fruit, nuts, grain and protein.

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 I hung it in the coop.  I wonder if they will like it?

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We shall see!

 My other hair-brained idea struck the other night.

 Awhile back I was doing some preholiday shopping at Costco with my DIL Sarah when I saw a box of different sized ‘fake’ (flameless) candles at a great price.  I wanted some tea lights for my Christmas decorations and I have also been wanting the pillars but have always found them to be pricey.  Well the price was right and besides tea lights, the box contained 3 pillars.

I LOVE that the pillars work on AA batteries AND have a timer.  The timer is a simple one, you simply turn the pillars on at a certain time and they will stay on for 5 hours and then turn off.  They will relight every day at the same time.

 I set them to go on at sunset and placed one in each dinning room window.

They are so cute.  It’s magical the way they just pop on!

Then I got to thinking…….. (Oh-oh!)

idea

…………….a bit of supplemental light in the coop might mean more eggs.  I read that it doesn’t take much.

I only have one outdoor outlet and it is ‘taken’ by the coop water warmers.  But since the pillars run on battery power……….

AND have a timer……….

Well you get it!

alarm

 I set my alarm for 4:15 am so I could set the timers.  Now if you know me you would know I must really love my chickens because I don’t do mornings!

sleepy

Anyway……..

I set the pillars to go on 15 minutes apart starting at 4:15.  They will stay on for 5 hours which will be well past sunrise.

I am thinking that even just the soft glow from the pillars might get me a few more eggs during these short winter days.

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I have been averaging 0 to 1 egg a day since mid November.  I wonder if it will work?

eggs

We shall see!

What have you been doing to keep from getting bored during the post holiday winter days?

Comment and let me know!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Barbara Faust
    Dec 29, 2014 @ 15:45:50

    Chickens are CANNIBALS who eat their relatives, the Turkey–WHO KNEW BUT YOU?

    Loved all the pictures. Laughed a LOT reading about gifting the hens with the Tea Lights and Pillars that run on batteries and your dragging your self out in the
    early a.m. to set the timer.

    Another 5 STAR blog you just laid…

    Liked by 1 person

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