Brrr....we just had a cold spell of temperatures in the teens this past week. While I am all nestled in a blanket sipping hot cocoa, our 3 chickens are huddled on their roost with temps at 11 degrees or scratching the frozen ground in their outdoor run. Sure, they have feathers, but I can't sit back and watch them peck at the frozen food pellets each morning when I collect their eggs. To encourage eating and to warm their little stomachs, I warm some water on the stove and then add the water to their pellets to form a mash. The girls absolutely love this mash!! I use a flower pot water catcher as the dish for the mash. As usual I give them a handful of corn grit that they will do just about anything for (it's a great bribe when I need them back in the coop). The water feeder freezes everyday so I put the frozen water dish in the laundry room sink each day to thaw and replace it with a new one with some of the warm water. We have golden comets and they are still giving us a reliable supply of eggs through the winter months. Occasionally we only have 2 eggs, but that's probably only 5% of the time.