Deep bedding temperature

Soil thermometer in snow-covered groundI bought a cheap meat
in Wal-Mart the other day because I figured it would double as a soil
thermometer to see how much heat our
deep bedding
puts off.  First, I stuck the thermometer down into the
snow-covered soil amid the
.  It
looks like the soil there is around 27 degrees

The ground underneath
our chicken coop is on a bit of a slant, so all
of the leaves tend to
Soil thermometer in the floor of the chicken coopget kicked to the downhill
end.  Luckily, the roosts are on the downhill end too, so leaves
and poop compact there into deep bedding.  On the upper end of the
coop is a perfect control area — it’s just as close to our
chicken waterer
as the deep bedding area and takes in any warmth
the chickens give off, so I figure the soil there is about the
temperature the soil in the whole coop would naturally be without deep
bedding.  My soil Temperature in the deep bedding of a chicken coopthermometer suggests that the
coop’s protection raises the soil temperature only marginally, to about
32 degrees Fahrenheit.

Finally, I tested out
the deep bedding area — 58 degrees
Fahrenheit!  No wonder our tender-footed hens prefer to spend
their days inside when the snow flies!  I wouldn’t mind if our own
floor was a constant 58 degrees.

Black cat

Our spoiled cat rolled
his eyes when I told him how contented our hens
were.  In his seat by the fire, temperatures are more like 80 and
he says he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Spoil your chickens with a homemade chicken

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