It may be cold outside, but that doesn’t worry hens. In fact they don’t have an issue with temperatures right down to -20 degrees centigrade (as happens in Canada) – it’s extreme cold or heat that bothers them, something we don’t have in Otago.
What they like about a nice fall of snow is the fresh, bracing air. So they stay out just like any other day. When the sun goes down, they’ll be on their way home for a warm night cuddled up together.
However they won’t venture out if the snow is way too deep. Mind you, neither would we if the snow was up to our knees.
It is no coincidence where our farms are located; they have been picked for their free draining soil as well as the climate. Because the climate in Otago is cold in winter and dry in summer this helps keep any disease away.