A dusting of snow left a circle of bare ground under the birdfeeder. The hens nibble on the seeds that fall there. When the snow is deeper they stay in the coop or go to the barn. There they scratch at the dirt floor, looking for insects and making nests even though they’re not laying eggs.
They don’t wander into the pasture or hang out on the porch this time of year. They stay close to the coop. Their winter home shrunken by the cold and snow.