The first few nights I had them it was down right frigid, and of course I was worried about them so I called Russ and he told me to cover the coop with a tarp and some blankets and if possible to put a lamp in with them to help break the cold. No problem there, I was on the job! They got two blankets and two tarps, and for a few days we had a light on for them.
But on the first night, both my husband and I decided to turn it off because the little peepers weren't sleeping. We felt that it was worse to keep them up, which would probably stress them out, then keeping it on for warmth. My husband assured me that they would huddle up for warmth, and of course he was right. The next morning as I scurried across the frozen grass to the frost covered coop, they were peeping excitedly! Whew! We survived the first night! Ha ha ha! We switched the bulb the next day to a red one, but it still kept them up. So I put the bulb on for a few hours before sunset to warm up the coop, and then then turned it off at 8 pm. All worked out fine, they stayed warm, and they were able to get some much needed shut eye.
Anyway, aren't they cute!!! I call them "my little peepers", because when I got them at 8 and 10 weeks old, they still peep! Here's the new girls roll call:
Miss Lily is a Cream Legbar. I had no intention of getting a Cream Legbar, but Russell at Chickens Galore in Norco, Ca. didn't have some of the breeds I wanted. I had wanted to get some Easter Eggers (EE) instead, because I wanted the surprise of waiting to see what egg colors they would lay, which range from yellow, pink, blue, or even green. As for Cream Legbars (CL) I know for sure that Miss Lily will lay blue eggs, and that will make it very easy to know if she is laying, or not. She is a sweet little bird, and I mean little. She is the runt of the flock for now.
And last on the list, Miss Rose, she is a Red Sexlink (RS)hen. I had wanted a Speckled Sussex (SS), but Russ was out of them. Maybe the next batch of birds I can get a SS, but for now I have this adventurous little bird! She really is quite inquisitive, more so than the other girls. I like her two tone brownish and white feathering, and hope she will be a reliable layer. She certainly is a big girl for her age, as expected by the breed. Her eggs are supposed to be large and brown, and she is supposed to lay earlier than her flock mates. Time will tell if this is true.