|Henrietta our leghorn mid-molt|
|It looks painful to have those feathers coming through the skin.|
|Sam has lost feathers around neck and back.|
This keeps the wind off them, keeps the snow out when it comes and keeps them a bit warmer. I leave a space at the top for air flow. It's interesting in the winter, there will be several feet of snow around them, I'll open the door to feed them and they'll look outside and and want no part of it. They don't even want to venture out in the cold!
A side note about my herb garden in front of the chicken's pen. There is a window arch/keystone at the bottom right of the picture, this was from one of the windows in Lorenzo Snow's house when he settled Brigham City in the mid to late 1800s. (See History).