My friend Doug, the bike commuter, has a marvelous play yard for his chickens.
"They don't need heat, just protection from drafts," said Donna, Doug's wife.
They're laissez faire chicken owners -- an approach worth mimicking.
They disdain the fancy heated water container to prevent water from freezing in winter. It's sitting abandoned in his chicken yard.
"It got clogged and didn't work. So I just bring out a pan of fresh water in the morning when I feed them," Doug said.
Cool. Doug just saved me $40 on the fancy heated water basin. I like his kind of chicken farming. Basic. Doug used recycled construction materials for the chicken housing. The chickens didn't complain.
I can do this!