Keeping the Winter Coop

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Taking care of the ladies in the winter always feels like less until I start to truly add up time.  While their coop stays smell-free longer in the cold weather, on the balance I think we still have to clean it as often because they spend so much more time inside pooping.

The Kid, of course, always wants to help.  While his little shovel is not terribly effective now, I can see ahead a few years to a time when it will be so I try to be as patient as I can.

And while we didn't perhaps get the coop scrubbed as well as I would have liked--due to the cold more than the Kid--I think the hens judged it good enough.  Sweet Husband came in with the record-for-December number of 5 eggs yesterday evening.