The three younger hens are still being kept in the barn. They are younger than the original flock and their smaller size makes them lower in "pecking order." Our initial attempt at introduction didn't go all that well so we're still keeping them separate for now. It went something like this. "Oh! Who are you?" And before any of the larger girls would listen to reason, they were proving their superiority with sharp pecks. Kevin recently set up a new coop in the empty horse stall. The younger chickens are happy but will certainly enjoy being on pasture in the Spring. One of them just started laying this morning!
On the coldest days, we toss a handful of scratch (cracked-corn) to the full-grown chickens in the outside coop. This helps them to have a full crop overnight, sort of like a nice warm bowl of oatmeal before bed. The chickens don't much care for walking in snow but will tolerate a little of it. They prefer the warmth of their coop and the feathery body heat of their sisters. When we lock up the coop at night, the hens are lined up on their roost bar, eyes half-closed. It's amusing to watch them jostle for their preferred spot on the roost bar, everyone wants to be in the middle.
And inside, we are all staying warm too ~ busily planning for Spring. A huge thank you to our friend Ben for fixing our computer. We will hopefully be able to post updates more often!