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What are the winter chicken care mistakes I should avoid?

Well, these are some DON’Ts of winter chicken care:  Don’t keep waterers in the coop overnight. It causes moisture and dampness. Moisture inside a cold coop causes frostbite. Moreover, chickens will only be sleeping at night, there is no need to put water in the coop overnight. Moving the feeders and waterers outside of the coop will help encourage your chickens to come outside during the day. Getting outside and getting exercise and fresh air is important for your chickens. Don’t let your water freeze. Making sure […]

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What about sweaters — do my chickens need sweaters?

Chickens … in sweaters?! I know it sounds bizarre, but, yes, some people put sweaters on their chickens to help keep them warm in the wintertime. And some put them on to prevent injured chickens from getting pecked by the other bully chickens. Admittedly, it’s pretty cute to see these fluffy animals dolled up in tiny sweaters. However, according to The Chicken Chick®, Kathy Shea Mormino, sweaters are a really BAD idea for your hens. She points out that not only do the sweaters interfere with the […]

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How to keep my chickens warm in winter?

Chickens can tolerate cold weather better than hot. A chicken’s feathers provide them with warmth and insulation from the cold. They also can tolerate wet conditions, but the combination of wet and below-freezing temperatures is a recipe for frostbite. Combs, wattles, and toes are susceptible to frostbite. According to The Poultry Site, here’s how to look after your chickens in winter: Minimize drafts by ensuring that all air leaks are sealed, and repair any holes with plywood. Keep your coop ventilated to reduce ammonia build–up, but place […]

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When to move chicks from the brooder to the coop?

It will depend on the time of year you hatch and what the weather is like in your area. Often, winter or early spring chicks require longer brooder warmth than late spring or summer chicks, but the most basic rule of thumb is that your chicks need to be fully feathered (generally at 6 weeks of age) before you put them outside full time without supplemental heat. Use the below chicken heat table to determine if your chicks still need supplemental heat. Chick Brooding Temperature Schedule Chick […]

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