Every morning the waterfowl come up to the barnyard for their food and warm water. The last few mornings they have had ice frozen in their feathers. It is so bad that they tinkle (like the glass on a chandelier when rattled by a breeze or ice cubes in a cold drink). They seem hungrier than normal and we have upped their food by about 3 times to make sure they have enough to stay warm. This morning, in addition to the geese and ducks making pigs of themselves over the warm water, a hen jumped in and was wading. It must have been terrible on her feet when she jumped out.
Paris is still hanging around! She has a tremendous strategy for keeping warm and sneaking food. She moves in under a goose, burrows in between its legs, under its belly. Then she sticks her head in the trough under the goose's neck to eat. She stays warm (all protected by goose down and feathers), safe (any predator has to go through the goose first giving her time to escape), and gets all the food she wants (the goose bullies its way into the feeder and she profits from it).
A goose has a nest in the chicken house with three eggs in it. So far they haven't frozen. She seems to realize, as do most of the ducks and geese, that the chicken house is reasonably warm. This morning instead of a line of chickens coming out, there was a long line of ducks and geese going in for a quick respite before breakfast. The waterfowl will go in for food or a quick warm up, but they don't like being shut in the house. It seems strange to me, but then again I don't have lovely warm and waterproof down and feathers! (The Canada goose in the picture is LG, the other is a Pilgrim gander.)