- The chickens wouldn't be exposed to the light bulb directly, chancing burning something - or worse, somehow starting a fire. Many a chicken coop has burned down because of a light bulb.
- A 60-watt bulb is relatively inexpensive to keep on all the time, and heats the clay pot up sufficiently to give plenty of heat to the interior of the Cube.
We purchased pine wood shavings from Tractor Supply to spread on the ground of the run. We're not particularly partial to Tractor Supply, but it is what we have in our area for purchasing farm supplies. An 8 cu ft. bag of pine shavings is around $5.00. It covers the inside of the run nicely. Our hope is that what we have done to enclose the run will keep it dry inside so we can rake the shavings out every couple of weeks. That's how we'll clean and renew their run.
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Lastly, we're placing a bin containing soil so they can still take dust baths while enclosed in this setup.
Our hope is that the Cube will stay above freezing so the eggs won't freeze, as the hens have not both laid their eggs before everyone is gone from the house. We have to collect them in the evening after returning home. We'll keep updates on the progress as we test out this system.
With the run enclosed like it is, we can already tell it's warmer inside. Granted, temps have not dipped much below freezing yet, but they will soon be here.
(12/6/11 updated with photos)