Our chicken coop is not exactly weather resistent. Rough cut boards from our Amish neighbor do tend to dry up and shrink over time. So we've had a heat lamp on a timer out there - comes on at 3:30 in the afternoon, goes off about 5:00 a.m. We aren't sure how much good it is doing heat wise, but the 1 BIG benefit - we are up to 5 or 6 eggs a day.
However, there is a lazy chicken who lays her eggs in the late evening, on the wood floor under the nest boxes, and ontop of the timer and extension cords, which means the lamp gets unplugged a couple times a night. I switched the timer last night to shut off at 11:00 p.m. - if she's going to be dumb, they can all be cold.
Then tonight, I go out there to check for eggs - and I find this one:
Somehow this brings new meaning to the word "baby egg."