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Caring for chickens in winter.

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Backyard chickens are actually quite hardy creatures and cope with cold much more easily than they deal with heat.

But there are some easy steps you can take to make sure that your flock survives even the coldest of winters.

On this page you'll find links to information about how your flock will cope in the cold, and some recipes for winter-friendly treats that they'll gobble up.

So when the first frosts start, or when the first flakes of snow begin to fall in your chicken run, this page is the place you'll want to be. Here, I cover some controversial topics - like:

  • whether it's necessary to heat your coop in the winter months, to 
  • dealing with the problems that winter can sometimes create, and how to deal with them, to 
  • how to make sure your flock has the best possible nutrition to see them through to the Spring.

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Keeping chickens warm in winter

How to keep chickens warm in winter - link to article.

"Should I heat my chicken coop?" is one of the questions I'm most often asked about caring for chickens in winter.

In this article, you'll learn why it's not necessary to heat your coop artificially, even in the coldest of weathers - and why it can actually damage your flock.

I outline 12 simple, inexpensive ways to keep your chickens warm and safe - without resorting to the potential dangers of fire in the coop.

Dealing with frostbite in chickens

Frostbite in chickens - spot it and stop it. #backyardchickens #chickensinwinter #raisinghappychickens

Chickens can mostly keep themselves nice and warm during even the coldest of snaps. But their extremities - comb, wattles and feet - can be susceptible to frostbite.

In this article you'll find all you need to know about how to spot the symptoms, why it happens, when your flock is suffering, how to treat it and how to prevent it in the first place.

Don't let your flock suffer this winter - take steps to say "no" to frostbite, now!

Make your roosts frost-proof!

All about roosts - link.

Did you know that the size of the roosts you use in your coop can help protect your chickens from frostbite?

Chicken keep their feet warm by hunkering down over them at night, covering their toes with downy feathers. If your roosts are too narrow, their natural heating systems won't work.

Make sure you know the ideal measurements of a roost to keep your flock's toes safe in winter with this article.

Light in the coop: is it necessary in winter?

Light in the chicken coop - yes or no? - Link.

When nights start drawing in and hens slow down - or stop - laying eggs, there's a temptation to add lighting to the winter coop.

But is it advisable? And if so, what kind of light is best?

This article looks at the pros and cons of having light in the coop, and reviews the scientific evidence about whether or not is does damage to the chicken.

High protein treats for cold winter days

High protein chicken treats - link.

Between moulting and re-feathering, dealing with the cold and not being able to forage so well when the ground is hard and covered in snow (or like a bog - cold and wet - ugh!) your flock will thank you for a few choice treats to help them on their way.

These treats should not be given in place of the flock's regular food - too much protein can damage their system - but they're fine to be fed two or three times a week.

In this article you'll find ten of the best high protein treats for your chickens, and properly researched information about why they're so good.

Poultry Protein Platter

A high protein poultry recipe - link.

So you know all about what makes for a healthy, high protein treat for your chickens in the winter months. But how do you feed them?

One possible option is to make this high protein platter. It combines several ingredients into a tasty dish your chickens will beat a path to your door for!

This is just one possible combination. the great thing about this recipe is that you can mix and match. No garden peas? No problem! Substitute a small can of sweetcorn instead!

A great favourite with my flock during cold Italian winters - and I know your chickens are going to love it just as much!

Why garlic is a must-have winter supplement for your flock

Garlic benefits for chickens - link.

Why is garlic beneficial to chickens? At what age can it be given? And how much is enough?

This article deals with all the proven benefits of feeding garlic to chickens, particularly in the winter months when the immune system needs a boost.

It also covers whether to feed fresh or powdered garlic, whether fresh should be cooked or raw, and how it is best delivered.

If you want a sure-fire way of keeping your flock healthy this winter, this article is for you.

Fermenting food for your flock

Fermented food: why it's good for your flock. Link.

Fermentation can sometimes be made to sound far more complicated than it really is. 

The one thing that's not in doubt, though, is that it's an excellent source of nutrients for chickens, helping to boost their immune system and so prevent any winter-related illnesses which might otherwise affect chickens eeling the effects of the winter cold.

If you've always wondered whether or not fermenting is good for your flock, this is an article you should read.

And then, of course - start fermenting today!

Looking for information about how to keep chickens safe throughout the year?

Chicken care through the seasons

Raising chickens - month by month tasks - link.

Chickens actually do much better in the cold months than in the heat of the summer, and each season has its own issues. So how to look after your flock right through the year is critically important.

This series of articles look at chicken care during every month. Each has a total of 20 easily managed tasks to be completed before the month is out.

Joining my twice-monthly newsletter means you will also benefit from a free downloadable checklist for each month.

Link to Raising Happy Chickens home page.