Help stimulate your hens' laying in the winter by adding 1 TBL of black pepper per hen per day to their food or treats! Cayenne pepper is said to work as well. Be sure to offer more water if you do this, apparently it increases their intake
How to Keep Your Water from Freezing in the Winter? Set your waterer in the sun in the winter and add a few ping pong balls. Ping pong balls floated on the surface of a water tub will create just enough movement to prevent the tub from freezing.